Thanks from Dick Vitale for a particular evening on the ESPYS

The 2022 ESPYS had been so particular for me and my household.

I obtained the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance on Wednesday evening and it was an unimaginable honor. Seeing so many nice athletes and listening to passionate tales all evening lengthy was really touching.

In case you did not get emotional after tales on Vitali Klitschko and his struggles in Ukraine, you had been lacking out. In case you did not perceive how particular Billie Jean King was talking about Title IX turning 50 years previous … wow!

Receiving this award made me consider the very first ESPYS. Jimmy V gave the speech of a lifetime: “…do not surrender, do not ever surrender.” These phrases began the V Basis and we’ve now raised over $300 million for most cancers analysis.

We want much more to beat this dreaded illness. We’ve got made nice strides, however there may be much more work forward. In case you can donate, please give to the V Basis.

I need to thank the ESPYS, my second household at ESPN — President Jimmy Pitaro, former President George Bodenheimer, the nice Chris Berman, and everybody concerned in a particular night that I’ll always remember.

The 18th annual Dick Vitale Gala, benefiting the V Basis, will probably be held Might 5, 2023, on the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. For extra info go to

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