Honoring Dick Vitale

ESPN to Present the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance to Dick Vitale at 2022 ESPYS

College basketball icon Dick Vitale will be honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at The 2022 ESPYS Presented by Capital One, airing live on Wednesday, July 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The award is given to a member of the sports world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination.

The Jimmy V Award news was announced by ESPN during the 17th Dick Vitale Gala on Friday, May 6.

This year’s gala raised a record $11.1 million and overall has raised nearly $55 million for pediatric cancer research and the V Foundation. ESPN has helped raised over $165 million for the V Foundation over the past 29 years. Thanks to Dick’s leadership, the V Foundation for Cancer Research has proudly awarded nearly $60 million in research grants through the Dick Vitale Fund for Pediatric Cancer.

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The sports world is reacting to the big news and congratulating Dickie V!:

Since losing his friend and ESPN colleague Jim Valvano to cancer, Dick has made a commitment to stopping this disease. From helping Jim Valvano to the stage at the 1993 ESPYs to leading an annual gala that that has now raised nearly $55 million, Dick is a long-time V Foundation board member and a passionate advocate for pediatric cancer research. And he’s remained that passionate advocate for others even through his own cancer journey.

Chris Evert


All pediatric cancer research through the V Foundation is funded via the
Dick Vitale Fund for Pediatric Cancer.

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