December 22nd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in December 2015

I had a terrific few days in NYC combining work with pleasure. My wife, daughter, son in law and my three grandkids were able to join me, which made for a wonderful trip! NYC is so beautiful during the holidays and we were able to really get in the Christmas spirit. I was there to do the Duke/Utah game at Madison Square Garden. Which was an unbelievable game, with Utah winning in overtime. While we were there we enjoyed three shows: School of Rock, Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and the Color Purple. I also took my grandsons to a Knicks/Bulls game, where they met Carmelo Anthony and Joakim Noah. Of course we walked around Rockefeller Center and saw the magnificent tree and the amazing lights in all the storefronts. It was a busy weekend but filled with wonderful memories with my family!

December 18th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in December 2015

My wife and I had a blast at the annual Boys and Girls club of Sarasota Christmas party. We are so proud to host this event every year and enjoy bringing a smile to so many youngsters. It was a thrill to watch their faces when Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman passed out the gifts to the children. Its a great night for all and my wife and I feel so much pride and are so blessed to be able to provide gifts and food for this special event.

December 13th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in December 2015

There is nothing like a weekend of basketball in Kentucky.

The fans of Big Blue Nation are as passionate as any in the sport. Then there is the beauty of seeing horse farms which are all over the state. I was fortunate enough to see Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. That is a beautiful animal and a true winner.

John Calipari has a young team and it is different from last year. It is going to take some time for this group to reach its full potential, but they will grow and challenge in the big dance. There will be bumps in the road like UCLA, but this team will make noise.

December 11th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in December 2015

Undefeated teams are in the spotlight this weekend.

Can the Golden State Warriors move to 24-0? They continue a tough road trip in Boston on Friday night. Stephen Curry and company hope to be up to the challenge.

The lone unbeaten in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers, host the Atlanta Falcons. Which team will lose first, the Warriors or the Panthers?

Meanwhile, there are only 10 unbeatens left in Division I men’s basketball and we haven’t even played a full month.

December 7th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in December 2015

My wife and I are very proud of our recent meeting with the Boys and Girls Club members in Sarasota, FL. We had our annual Dick Vitale Scholarship day and We gave out scholarships to five youngsters who were selected by the executive staff of the Boys And Girls Club headed by the Executive Director, Bill Sadlo.

Each year they select five outstanding seniors who are going on to college and we award a total of $5000. We have done this for 17 years. The students selected this year were Carlos Arevalo, Maribel Cedillo, Erik Bouck, Amber Headley and Mario Portillo.

In addition, we also bring lots of gifts for the kids that are there in attendance. We bring autgraphed books, posters,and basketballs. I love each year that I get the opportunity to speak to children ages 5-17 on making it in the game of life. This year I spoke to them about pride, passion and chasing your dreams.

December 3rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in December 2015

Another ACC-Big Ten Challenge is in the books. It went down to the wire as the Big Ten won 8-6 thanks to Iowa’s overtime win over Florida State.

There were a lot of exciting games. North Carolina got Marcus Paige back and beat Maryland. Michigan State rallied to beat a game Louisville team.

I was very impressed with Duke’s performance in beating a good Indiana team. Brandon Ingram came out and worked early on his game and it showed against the Hoosiers. I was also struck by Indiana’s inability to play team defense. This group must buy into Tom Crean’s defensive philosophy or it will be a long season.

November 30th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in November 2015

I just came back from doing the commentary on the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fl. We had a great time staying in the Beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort. I had the opportunity to share a moment with Disney characters as ESPn had me doing motivational speeches to Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck And Pluto. I had a great time sharing a moment with them and they utilized that during the telecast which featured the final game in the championship between Xavier and Dayton. Xavier was sensational and they are a legitimate top 15 seed as they blew out Southern California in the Semi Finals and Dayton in the Finals.

November 16th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in November 2015

We are just a few weeks away from the announcement of the four teams making the college football playoff. This thing is still wide open, baby!

Right now, Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State look like they are in good shape.The fourth slot could go to Notre Dame, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State.

There is still a lot of football to be played. The Buckeyes face Michigan State this week. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State battle in the bedlam series ahead. Florida could test Alabama in the SEC title game and you never know in a rivalry with Auburn. Clemson could face a hot North Carolina team in the ACC title game.

I know one thing. It is very exciting!

 

November 15th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in November 2015

We are so proud that the 4th Annual Dick Vitale Collegiate Tennis Classic was a big success! We had teams from all over the nation participate with quality tennisat the Lakewood Ranch Tennis Center in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

I can`t thank Paul Letterman and Chrs Marteache enough for their unbelievable work they put in to the event, bringing in these outstanding players form all over the country.

A huge thanks to Larry Wade who volunteers every year by selling banners that are displayed for three months. $55,000 after expenses was raised for pediatric cancer through the V Foundion and we are really can`t thank the people eough for helping us acheive this success!

The tournament was first class! A big congrats to the winners, Max Andrews from University of Miami who beat Reuben Sierra of Minnesota in the finals.And Vladi Bavic of Oklahoma St who defeated Spencer Liang of University of Florida. Doubles championship winners on the mens side were FGCU and FL Gators on the womens side.

Thank you to all for making the 4th Annual Dick Vitale Collegiate Tennis Classic a big big sucess.

November 10th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in November 2015

I had a great time as the keynote speaker at a corporate event for Tech Data. This was the 2nd event I did for them this year.

I can`t thank Marty Bauerlein, Vice President of sales, enough for giving me the opportunity to share my motivational words for the crowd.

The people were absolutely fantastic and my wife and I had a blast at the beautiful Innisbrook Resort in the Tampa Area.

Tech Data is #1 at what they do, providing information technology.