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Journal December 22, 2010

While I had some time off, I went to Ft. Myers to catch some of the City of Palms high school basketball tournament.  The tournament featured some of the best teams and players in the country.  I was excited to see #1 rated, Austin Rivers play.  Coach K and Duke Assistant Coach, Chris Collins, sat right in front of me to see Rivers play.  He is certainly going to be a star at the college level and will thrive under the leadership of Coach K and the Duke program.  The final game featured the #2 rated high school player, Michael Gilchrist from St. Patricks High School in NJ.  Gilchrist has committed to the University of Kentucky.  It was an incredible atmosphere for high school basketball.  In the crowd was ex-North Carolina great Charlie Scott.  He was one of my favorite college players!  College basketball has a lot to look forward to with Rivers and Gilchrist joining the action soon!

DICK VITALE

Journal December 15, 2010

It is that time of year again - time for our annual Christmas party at our home. For the past several years, my wife and I have opened our home to a handful of youngsters from the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club.

They come for an afternoon of food, fun and presents! This year we had a surprise visit from Santa at the house. The kids had a blast ripping open their gifts and enjoying time with Santa.

There is nothing better than being able to bring a smile to youngsters during the holiday. I have been so blessed in my life and I feel fortunate to be able to give a little somethng back.

 

To read article in Bradenton Herald - http://www.bradenton.com/2010/12/16/2816682/vitales-christmas-party-embraces.html

 

DICK VITALE

Journal December 11, 2010

It was exciting to be at Rupp Arena for the big time match-up between Indiana vs Kentucky.   The Kentucky fans are certainly some of the most passionate fans in the country!  john Calipari's young team was able to hang on and dominate the last five minutes to get to the winner's circle against a much improved Hoosier team headed by Tom Crean. I had a great time talking with Bob Wiggins in the Kentucky locker room before the game.  Wiggins hasn't missed a home Kentucky game since 1960.

DICK VITALE

Journal December 7, 2010

It was a special night in NYC at Madison Square Garden for the Jimmy V Classic.  The Classic featured four quality teams; Kansas/Memphis and Michigan State/Syracuse.  I had the opportunity to speak to the national audience at halftime to help raise $$$ for the V Foundation.  A foundation that is very near and dear to my heart.  The night is certainly about great hoops, but more importantly, it is about generating awareness for cancer research.  Please help however you can.  Just call 1-800-4JIMMYV or go to the V Foundation link on my website.  We must find a cure for this dreaded disease.

DICK VITALE

Journal December 1, 2010

It was electric in Cameron Indoor Stadium as the Blue Devils played hosted to highly rated, Michigan State.  The Cameron Crazies were out in full force to cheer their Blue Devils to victory.  Freshman sensation, Kyrie Irving, was super, scintillating, sensational - with 31 points!  Izzo's crew played feisty and battled the Devils in a tough 84-79 contest.  It was a terrific college basketball environment!!!

DICK VITALE

Quote of the Week

"Villanova coach Jay Wright is putting together a Hall of Fame resume."

  -Dick Vitale