I had a real thrill as I was honored by the East Rutherford, New Jersey Civic Pride Association as Man of The Year. It was quite a celebration at Il Villagio in Carlstadt, New Jersey as I saw so many old friends and acquaintances, as well as a number of ESPN people who came to support me. Many of my former players from when I coached at East Rutherford High School, where we won back to back state championships in 1970 & 1971, were in attendance.
The Organization presented a check for $10k for the V Foundation that will go towards the John Saunders Research Grant.
I got the chance to spend time with family, friends and many young players who helped me realize my dreams.
They named the basketball court at the Grove Street playground, where many of my young players use to practice and workout, “The DIck Vitale Courts”. It is a night I will always remember!