Dick Vitale is a huge proponent in the fight against cancer. Last night was the seventh annual Dickie V Gala and, like clockwork, he drew in big names from the world of sports and even bigger donations to go toward the fight against the disease, especially related to the disease in juveniles. Vitale became very close friends with Jim Valvano right before he lost his battle to cancer and since then Vitale has worked tirelessly for the Jimmy V foundation, that has raised over $100 million to go toward cancer research, and his own, fledgling foundation which has raised over $6 million dollars to this point with that number likely to grow after the gala last evening.
The event raised over $1 million and featured, in addition to Calipari, names the University of Louisville’s Rick Pitino, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Butler’s Brad Stevens, South Carolina’s Frank Martin, Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton and Baylor’s Scott Drew. Vitale is known for his good work and we at KSR are proud to associate with such a worthy cause.
If you want more information or would like to learn how to donate, you can visit his website here.