August 20th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015, Blog

Yesterday proved to be a thrilling day for me and my family. Through the vision and leadership of Out-of-Door Academy’s Headmaster, David Mahler, our family was able to make a gift to help students embrace the academic environments they will experience in the future on college campuses. It was an exciting day as we were able to have the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Dick Vitale Family Student Center. This state of the art facility will offer students many collaborative study and work spaces – complete with the latest in educational technology and tools. There will also be social spaces for students to enjoy while remaining on campus to finish their studies or to work on group-based projects.

I love giving back and this was a very special way for me and my family to give back to a place that has been very special to us. Out-of-Door Academy does a tremendous job in preparing students for the challenges that are ahead in the collegiate learning environment. Nothing inspires me more than helping others to pursue their dreams and the Vitale Student Center will hopefully provide many talented students to pursue and achieve their academic goals. It also was a special honor to partner on this project with Dart Family Foundation. Ariane and Bob Dart are two of the most generous and caring individuals in our community and they love to offer a helping hand to causes about which they are passionate. The second floor of the state-of-art building offers students with the latest in STEM labs and classrooms. The Dart Foundation aims to help best prepare students for the academic challenges of the future and their new STEM Center will undoubtedly offer the students at Out-of-Door the finest facilities available to follow their passions in these areas. It was truly a great day and we are feeling very blessed to give back to our local community in such a special and meaningful way.

August 12th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015, Blog

The college football season is just a few weeks away from kickoff. Ohio State remains the big favorite going into the campaign.

Urban Meyer’s defending champions are loaded. Braxton Miller switched to receiver because the Buckeyes are so deep at QB. Ezekial Elliott is one of the top running backs in America.

Ohio State will be fired up for the opener against Virginia Tech. The Hokies handed the Buckeyes their lone loss of last season.

August 3, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in August 2015, Blog

The New York Mets are on fire, baby!

Entering play on Monday, the New Yorkers were tied with Washington for first in the NL East. A sweep over the Nationals over the weekend helped propel the Mets.

Recent moves, adding Tyler Clippard to the bullpen and Yoenis Cespedes to the outfield have helped. There is also a buzz at Citi Field over the starting pitching. With Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Jonathan Niese in the rotation, there is reason for excitement.

The Mets won it all in 1969 and 1986. Could they hang another World Champions banner in 2015?

July 26th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 2015

What an incredible group of inductees that went into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown over the weekend.

Think about this talented group. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio. Dick Enberg was also honored for his distinguished broadcasting career, now the voice of the Padres.

Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz were so dominant on the mound. Smoltz starred as a starter and a reliever. Then there is Biggio, who performed well at several positions. I am proud of him because he went to Seton Hall, where he still holds several records.

Congratulations to this great group of Hall of Famers.

July 20th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 2015

I had a great time on Monday, speaking for Pinnacle Foods, a Fortune 1000 company. The event took place at the beautiful Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Georgia.

Pinnacle Foods is a producer and distributor of high-quality food products. I wanted to thank Chief Customer Officer Chris Boever for his hospitality. I also want to thank Sandi Dorer for her help in organizing the logistics of this trip.

July 13th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 2015

How about a salute to Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, Wimbledon single’s champions.

Serena won her 21st major singles title by beating a game Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the finals. She locked up the Serena Slam, holding all four major tournament titles at one time.

In tough moments, Serena used her tremendous serve to get her to the winner’s circle.

Djokovic got past Roger Federer in four sets in the men’s final. Djokovic is number one in the world for a reason, finding ways to get the job done.

Congrats to both great champions!

June 9th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 2015

It was a real honor to be the guest speaker at the Raymond James Summer Development Conference at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fl.

The crowd featured their top advisors, as over 700 were in attendance and their theme that they celebrated was “The Future is Now”. There were three concepts that they wanted to achieve. Reward their best advisors, networking, and educate on the latest concepts in technology.

It was a pleasure to be introduced by their COO, Tom Walrond. I cant thank President, Tash Elwyn, enough and Christine Hartman who was invaluable.

July 3rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, July 2015

NBA free agency is under way and it has been absolutely wacky already. The piles of George Washingtons changing hands has been incredible.

On the first day alone, owners spent over $1.4 billion in deals. That’s billions with a B, baby!

You need a scorecard to keep track. DeAndre Jordan surprised some by leaving the Clippers to join the Mavericks. Greg Monroe turned down the Knicks and Lakers, going to the small market Milwaukee Bucks. Monta Ellis left Dallas and landed with the Pacers. Paul Pierce headed west, signing with the Clippers. Tyson Chandler ended up in Phoenix. Knicks fans should be thrilled with Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez. Hmm.

Several players signed max deals to return to their teams, or long-term deals like Anthony Davis of the Pelicans and Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs. Dwyane Wade returned to Miami with a one-year deal.

If you think it is crazy now, wait until next year when the new NBA television deal goes into effect. The dollars tossed around then will be even wackier.

June 30th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 2015

Big news out of Madison, Wisconsin. Badgers coach Bo Ryan, who led his team to the national championship game last season, will be retiring after the upcoming campaign.

He has a great record of 357-125 in his 14 seasons at Wisconsin and has taken the Badgers to the NCAA tournament each year.

I am excited that we will be honoring Ryan, along with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer at our Dickie V Gala for the Jimmy V Foundation next May.

June 22nd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 2015

I enjoyed a terrific weekend.

First, I was honored to speak in Arkansas at the Prep banquet. I was thrilled to meet the Governor, Asa Hutchinson, former Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson and a number of great young men.

Then on Sunday, I was at a special event in Memphis to benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital. I was honored to receive the Liberty Bowl’s Distinguished Citizen Award.