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I had a great time on August 20th as my wife, Lorraine, and I had a special evening of dinner and a movie in our home with the members, coaches and administrators of the 2007-08 Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team from Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) here in Sarasota, Florida.   

The dinner was the result of the players’ parents’ generosity by being the high bidder on the “Dinner and a Movie with Dick Vitale” at the school’s 2006 Extravaganza fundraiser event which raised over $430,000 for the school. The girls were a lot of fun and seemed very excited about having a great season this year.  After the team enjoyed the great food prepared by Gordon Lippe of Gordon’s Gourmet, I invited them up to our movie theatre and shared with them some of my insights on what it takes to be successful both on and off the court.   

I always cherish the opportunity to connect with young student-athletes and share some of what I believe are the secrets to succeeding in the game of life.  They were a great audience and a great group of young ladies.  I wish them much success in their season this year.  After I spoke, we watched an incredibly inspiring movie in our home theatre. It was the great sports movie “MIRACLE” that tells the triumphant ride of the 1980 U.S.A. Olympic Hockey team. I felt that the night was a great way to launch the team into the season with a great attitude and great spirit and I thank their parents, coaches and administrators for making it all possible.

2007-08 The Out-of-Door Academy Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team

Paige Reeves - Senior

Liza Kane-Hartnett - Senior/Captain

Olivia Bowers - Senior/Captain

Kim Goldberg - Senior

Erika Ramos - Senior

Christine LaFrance - Junior

Colleen McGrath - Sophmore

Jonna Marchese - Sophmore

Hillary Hawkins - Sophmore

Alana Rogers - Sophmore

Head Coach - Jeff Horr

Assistant Coach - Mike Young

To view photos from this night, click here.

Quote of the Week

“The Patriots are going to the AFC Championship game for he eighth straight year. What an incredible feat.”

-Dick Vitale