by Dick Vitale, with Dick Weiss and Joan Williamson
Dick Vitale has been the voice of college basketball for ESPN for the last 35 years and an award-winning analyst for the network. He is a member of 12 Halls of Fame. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, which is the highest honor that can be given to anyone associated with the sport. He has also been inducted into the National Sportscasters’ Hall of Fame. Vitale is a tireless worker in the fight against pediatric cancer and his galas in Sarasota have raised over $12 million for the V Foundation—a charitable organization named after the late Jimmy Valvano that funds crucial cancer research. He has also written more than a dozen books. He and his wife Lorraine live in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, near their two daughters, Terri and Sherri, and their families. When Dick isn’t covering the country’s top college basketball teams and players, he loves to spend time with his five grandchildren, Sydney, Ryan, Connor, Jake, and Ava.
Dick Weiss is an award-winning sports columnist who spent more than 40 years working for the Philadelphia Daily News and the New York Daily News. A member of the U.S. Basketball Writers’ Hall of Fame, he has received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Hall of Fame, as well as the Bert McGrane award for outstanding contributions from the Football Writers’ Association and the College Football Hall of Fame. Weiss has written 11 books with Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Dick Vitale and Theresa Grentz, in addition to a tribute book to Mike Krzyzewski.
Joan Williamson is an accomplished writer and an award-winning editor who worked in administration for the University of Pennsylvania and recently co-authored a book with Theresa Grentz, the star of Immaculata’s Naismith Hall of Fame basketball teams. She and her husband, Dick, live in Havertown, PA.