Community Activities

You’re almost as likely to find Dickie V on the streets of his hometown as you would behind the microphone during hoops season! Learn about Dickie V’s latest activities—from a scholarship event with the Boys and Girls Club to a fundraiser in downtown Lakewood Ranch, there is never a dull moment when Dickie V’s around Sarasota!

Tampa Bay Lightning Coach, John Tortorella

altAugust 17th my wife and I shared a terrific evening with the head coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning, John Tortorella and his wife Christine. They drove to Lakewood Ranch to meet us for dinner and to discuss ideas about fundraising for a cause that both John and I are passionate about - cancer.

We decided to have a private dinner for all the season ticket holders before a home Lightning game in which I will talk to everyone gathered. All donations from the evening will go towards benefitting the V Foundation, specifically towards a pediatric grant for cancer research in memory of Payton Wright.

John is a terrific leader and a terrific human being. Tampa is lucky to have him on board!

Release of Motivational DVDs

altI had a blast this past Friday, August 10th as I was in the studio with a great team of people to produce and record my latest motivational DVDs which will be ready to purchase on my website in September 2007.  Over the years, I have had the opportunity to speak to so many great people from elementary school age youngsters to college students to world-class athletes to corporate executives of Fortune 500 companies.  I have had the honor of working with the Washington Speakers Bureau who has booked me to speak to groups all across America.  In doing so, I have received hundreds of requests from fans asking me to produce a DVD in which they could bring my message right into their home, school, office, etc.  Well, we finally did it and I am so excited about it!  We have started with three different DVDs each on a specific topic that I feel passionate about…they are:

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Sarasota Christian Basketball Camp - 2007

altWhat a fun afternoon I had when I took my twin grandsons, Connor and Jake (age 4) with me to watch a basketball camp being held for youngsters in Sarasota.

My two little grandsons love hoops so I thought they would get a thrill watching some older kids participate in a camp being run by Sarasota Christian High School Basketball Coach, Phil Helmuth. Coach Helmuth even let Jake and Connor do some of the passing drills and shooting drills.

While I was there, I spoke to the campers for a few minutes about making good choices and about following your dreams. It was a great afternoon on one of my days off!

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Boys and Girls Club Scholarships

altOn Tuesday, July 10th, I had the opportunity to go to one of my favorite places…The Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota, Florida.  The work being done there by the personnel under the leadership of Mack Reid is nothing shy of remarkable.  You cannot find a more dedicated and committed group of people as they work tirelessly to help the young people right here in my local community.  My wife and I have been longtime supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs across America, and locally, Lorraine and I have awarded 5 scholarships to deserving youngsters for the past ten years.  This year marked the 10th anniversary of our scholarships so it was particularly meaningful for me and my family.  This year’s recipients were five remarkable individuals who are incredible young people who are working hard to build a bright future for themselves, their families and their community.  The winners of the scholarships were:

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Pediatric Cancer Research Grant in Memory of Payton Wright

altPlease assist me in developing a special pediatric cancer research grant in the memory of Payton Wright (5 year old girl in Sarasota who passed away May 29th from brain cancer). This beautiful little girl battled twelve tough months against this dreaded disease which eventually took her life. Help me raise money for a grant in Payton Wright's honor for pediatric cancer research, so no other little child has to endure what Payton and her family have had to.

DONATIONS of ANY amount are accepted- please make check payable to the V Foundation for Cancer Research and mail to:
Tandem Enterprises
7810 Mathern Court
Bradenton, FL 34202

Manatee Person of the Year - Nolan Middle School

altOn May 10th, I was truly honored to receive the “Manatee Person of the Year” Award from the students of Nolan Middle School in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.  The students of the Gifted Program at Nolan Middle had a special evening called the “Night of the Notables” whereby each student in the gifted program at the school had to select someone they admired, living or dead, and study their life and their accomplishments.  Some students studied past world leaders, famous athletes, architects, writers, business leaders, inventors, etc.  It was a fun night as it took place right in the Nolan Middle School cafeteria.  The night was organized by Dr. Novello, Head of the gifted program at Nolan Middle School.   Dr. Novello was a very kind and intelligent woman who reminded me of my days as a middle school teacher back in New Jersey. 

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Florida High School Baseball Championships

altMother’s Day is always special as you reflect back on your childhood and all you learned under the guidance and direction of your mom.  I certainly would like to toast every mother out there for health and happiness and success in their lives.  My day included an evening bash at my home with all the coaches of the various high schools that have earned the right to play for the Florida High School State Baseball Championships.  Each year, my wife and I have the pleasure to host a celebration in honor of the participants of the state tournament since the games were awarded to the City of Sarasota and are played at Ed Smith Stadium (Spring Training Home of the Cincinnati Reds).

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The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota

Mack Reid, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County:

alt"The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County’s mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those that need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Clubs serve over 6,200 boys and girls between the ages of six and eighteen at nine sites throughout Sarasota County. Dick Vitale and his friends and associates created the “Dick Vitale Sports Night” dinner to raise funds to benefit the children of Sarasota County. It was Dick’s dream at the inception of this event to eventually raise $1,000,000. After six years, the event raised over $1,100,000 and Dick’s dream for the kids became a reality. The funds were used to build a state of the art, 38,000 square foot Boys & Girls Club! In honor of Dick’s love and concern for the children, the board of directors and staff dedicated the “Dick Vitale Health and Fitness Center” in the new facility.

In addition, for the past nine years, Dick and his wife Lorraine have sponsored five Boys & Girls Club members each year to a $1,000 college scholarship!! A personal gift of $45,000 to help our kids get off to college on the right foot!!

Dick brings great awareness and has motivated others to help support the Boys & Girls Club and its mission. He is a great role model for our children and is always willing to help them in anyway that he can."

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V Foundation for Cancer Research

altNick Valvano, Chief Executive Officer, V Foundation:

"When the Board of Directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research was being formed more than a dozen years ago, Jim Valvano’s friend and broadcast colleague Dick Vitale was a natural choice to help keep Jim’s “Don’t Ever Give Up!” spirit alive. 

Since then, The Foundation has raised more than $60 million for cancer research, funding hundreds of research grants nationwide. Dick Vitale has played a vital role in accomplishing the three objectives of all great board members – creating awareness, linking and introducing business and private connections, and raising funds – all to help support The V Foundation’s mission to finance cutting-edge research to help find cures for cancer.Dick has used his personal and professional contacts to help generate a number of new donors to The V Foundation, resulting in significant financial contributions annually.

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Payton's Party:

altAs it appeared on in August 2006 by DIck Vitale:

"I was overwhelmed by the support in my Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton neighborhoods. So many beautiful people rallied around Payton Wright, a four-year old girl with a very rare brain cancer. I am so proud of the people in the area as they showed so much class, responding in a positive way.

They came out to support Payton and her family. She has been undergoing chemotherapy both in All-Children's Hospital in Florida and now at Duke. The parents, Holly and Patrick, have gone through so much, watching their girl go through such tough times. They are so strong and courageous.

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Quote of the Week

 Keep battling and fighting to achieve your goals! - Dick Vitale