May 21st 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, May 2015

I had a fantastic time today as the keynote speaker at a corporate event for TechData Corp at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa. TechData is the largest in the world for information technology distribution.

Today they were paying tribute to leading customers and vendors. It was very educational sharing time with the President of the American branches, Joe Quaglia and Sr VP of Sales, Marty Bauerlein.

I can`t thank Meghan Bray of TechData enough, for her hospitality and kindness during the visit. I was thrilled to receive a standing ovation and was asked to speak at additional upcoming events.

May 18th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, May 2015

Friday night, June 15th was a special evening. The Sarasota Ritz-Carlton was the sports capital of the world.

The 10th annual Dick Vitale gala is in the books and the big winner was cancer research as we raised big bucks for the Jimmy V Foundation. It was a record of $2.38 million for the fight against cancer. I cannot thank everybody enough for another successful event.

I want to salute our three honorees: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Tampa Bay Bucs’ Lovie Smith.

We had presentations honoring the late Stuart Scott, Leah Still and Lauren Hill, who captured the attention of the nation with her bravery playing basketball. Sadly, she lost her fight with cancer.

There were many sports luminaries in attendance, from number one draft pick Jameis Winston, Kentucky hoops coach John Calipari, former NBA stars Kenny Anderson, Derick Coleman, Billy Owens, Bo Outlaw, John Wallace and Mateen Cleaves, daredevil Nik Wallenda, tennis Hall of Famer Nick Bollettieri plus other NFL players and college hoop coaches. Sarasota was the sports capital of the world.

We also celebrated my All-Star team, youngsters who have beaten cancer. They are living examples of how the dollars raised really help.

I also want to thank the hard-working team of Mary Kenealy, Janet Allen and company which helped stage the event. Over 850 were in attendance, followed by a post-party gathering featuring the rock group Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Next year, we will honor ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan.

May 6th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, May 2015

I am so excited over the Dick Vitale Telethon which is taking place today. This event is giving visibility to the V Foundation which benefits those battling cancer. We are very proud and happy today at SNN studios that we have a had a host of people join us to volunteer and make donations.

I cant thank the owner of SNN, Phil Lombardo enough. Also, Ray Cole, COO of SNN for his dedication and all his hard work. Thank you to all the anchors at SNN who have contributed. Publisher, Pat Dorsey, who made a big donation and held the event in the Sarasota Herald lobby, a beautiful building on Main St in Sarasota.

Its been a fantastic day filled with joy, jubilation and a lot fun. We had NBA players and past NBA players stop by including Jerod Ward, Marcus Liberty and many others who stopped by with donations.

We had Sandy Buchanan, the wife of congressman Vern Buchanan, come by and make a donation of $10,000 on behalf of the Buchanan Foundation. Art Conforti, owner of Beneva Flowers brought by a $10,000 check. I donated on behalf of my five grandchildren, $1000 each.

Many, many donations from people all over the community.

If you are fortunate enough to have healthy children I encourage you to come by and make a donation as well.

I can`t thank all the volunteers enough, and a special thanks to Mary Kenealy and Janet Allan, with Mary Kenealy Events, for a fantastic job in planning this entire event.

12 hours, and people working diligently. Its been a great time and will be so helpful towards pediatric cancer. We will continue to take donations at snntv.com/telethon

May 3rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, May 2015

Floyd Mayweather remained a world champion by beating Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday night. It was supposed to be the Fight of the Century, but it was an easy decision for Money Mayweather.

Mayweather is a clinician with awesome baby skills in the ring. I just don’t dig his out of ring lifestyle, but he is the best in the ring. He had great moves, lands a lot with his jab, controls the action and has outstanding footwork.

He will fight again in September, and then it is decision time. Mayweather said he will hang up the gloves after that. I am not so sure. here is too much money involved and he has a chance to break Rocky Marciano’s record for wins finishing as an undefeated fighter.

April 30th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

I really enjoyed the opportunity to be the Keynote Speaker for PNC Bank. They had a fantastic corporate event held at the beautiful Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, FL. It was thrill to share my views on chasing dreams and pursuing goals with the group.

I had the opportunity to share time with the President, Rich Purrini. He was my kind of guy! He has loads of passion and pride and you can see that his energy sets the tone for his group to achieve great success.

PNC Bank was Awesome with a capitol A!

April 29th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

Yesterday morning I received a phone call from Fran McCaffrey, head basketball coach of U of Iowa. I was so sad to learn that Austin Schroder, 15 years old, and a very close friend of Fran`s son Patrick, has lost his battle with cancer. Austin joined us last year at an event for the V Foundation in Iowa and his smile will never be forgotten.

He was so courageous as he battled a form of brain cancer and did all he could to try and win that battle; but as we said from day one cancer flat out sucks.

I send my sympathy to his parents Stacy and Craig. The pain they must feel is unbearable. Austin`s nickname was Flash and his friends, family, and teammates adored him. He will certainly be in a better place away from chemo and radiation. We pray that he RIP.

I know that I was so inspired by meeting him and sharing time with him. We must all unite to try and beat this disease and this will make me work even harder to fight this disease.

April 23rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

I had a blast last night as I spoke at the Virginia Beach Forum at the Sandler Art Center. It was a beautiful facility and the crowd was awesome with a capital A! I Spoke about chasing dreams and making it in the game of life.I can`t thank the crowd enough for their standing ovation.

My wife and I enjoyed the post event party. It was a fantastic event as I had the chance to spend time with the fans and sign autographed books. It was a really great time.

Barbara Deal,Vice President of the organization made sure all the details were taken care for Lorraine and me.

I also had the opportunity to meet Bruce Thompson, the owner of the Ocean Front Hilton Hotel in Virginia Beach. He was so generous and asked my wife and I to join him at his home where we met his son Josh who has ALS disease. He is so inspirational and has raised millions for the cause and those who battle ALS.

It was beautiful evening with fantastic people.

April 20th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

We are very blessed in our area to have the Sarasota Open Tennis Tournament. It is a $100K tournament for professional tennis players chasing dreams to be the best they can be.

This year Federico DelBonis won. He was able to get to Winners Circle as he played brilliant tennis all week long. He is ranked 88 in the world. The best tournament of his life was 2 years ago at a Challenge tournamanet in Hamburg, Germany; when he beat Roger Federar, who was #1 in the world. All the points he accumulated in Sarasota will help him move up in rankings.

It was quality tennis at Lakewood Ranch Tennis Center. I must commend all the people at the tennis center involved in this event including Paul Letterman, who heads up the tennis center and Tony Driscoll, organizer and promoter, who did a great job bringing in 1st rate tennis players.

It was a wonderful opportunity to see some young kids who are the future stars of tomorrow. Two rising stars in particular were Jarred Donaldson and Frances Tiafoe. They are absolutely going to make a big impact in the tennis circuit. They are 17 years old, from the US and have a brilliant future.

I love tennis and to have quality tennis in our backyard is terrific.

April, 7th 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

Congratulations to Duke on national championship number five under coach K.

The Blue Devils beat Wisconsin in Indianapolis in a great game. Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen were the star of stars. All of Duke’s 37 points in the second half were scored by diaper dandies.

Give Wisconsin credit for a great season. Duke took a 59-58 lead on a big trifecta by Jones.

It was a great way to end the season. I feel Coach K is now the greatest coach in college history.

April 5th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in April 2015, Blog

What a night in Indianapolis.

Wisconsin gave Kentucky its first L of the season. Duke was impressive in knocking off Michigan State.

Give the Badgers a tip of the hat. They made the big plays down the stretch. The ‘Cats had done that so many times this season, but could not Saturday.

Frank Kaminsky put up a double-double. Sam Dekker was big down the stretch. Wisconsin had the edge on the foul line and in second chance points.

Duke was down 14-6 early and then went on a 36-11 run. Monday night should be a special final.