Dick Vitale is a primetime player.
ESPN on Wednesday announced details of its latest documentary, “Dickie V.” It will air on Wednesday, July 20 on ESPN+, followed by a streak premiere on Saturday, July 23 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN. You can watch the movie’s trailer here.
Vital has spent most of the past year battling cancer, confining the 83-year-old to a spectator role.
But in April, doctors declared Vital cancer-free, after which ESPN announced that he would receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at ESPYS 2022.
Vital, who has been the voice of the college basketball world leader for more than four decades, has deep ties to New Jersey. He was born in Passaic and raised in Garfield and East Patterson before enrolling at Seton Hall. As the New York Times reports, Vitaly’s basketball career also began in the Garden State.
His coaching career began in 1962 at Lincoln School in Garfield, NJ, and he won two New Jersey State Championships at East Rutherford High School, his career record was 131-147. Can Vital Rutgers Army assistant coach Phil Sellers and Mike Dabney, two players who led the Crimson Knights to 31 consecutive victories and a trip to the National League Championship Final in 1975-1976. By then, Vitaly had transferred to the University of Detroit, having been passed over for president of Rutgers, a job he said he was pleading for.
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Here are more details about the ESPN documentary Vitale:
Weaving through the present and the past as it chronicles Vitale’s struggle against melanoma, lymphoma, and ulcerated lesions on his vocal cords with raw and revealing scenes of the presenter in the hospital and recovering at home, the documentary also presents the history of ESPN, considering Vitale’s time at the network traces back to his origins. He shot the first broadcasted college basketball game, Wisconsin at DePaul on December 5, 1979. Since then, he has played over a thousand games, and his complete knowledge of the sport has shown enthusiasm, passion and never boring style. His “Vitale-isms” has taken on a life of its own, with “Awesome, baby!” , “Get a TO, baby!” , “PTP’er” (prime time player), M&M’er (mismatch), “Diaper Dandy” (student star), all became part of the vernacular.
Along with his many awesome moments in front of the camera, there was also Vitaly’s dedication to fighting cancer, long before he fell ill, a passion that was originally ignited by his good friend, college basketball coach, Jim Valfano. Vitaly’s focus has always been the fight against childhood cancer in particular, and has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for the cause. The timing of the movie is especially poignant considering the last battle that 83-year-old Vitaly had with cancer, and his upcoming closeness. honor at ESPYS as a recipient of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
said Nanton, who produced the film under the Astonish Entertainment label in association with Montague Group. “In the process of making this movie, I came to realize that his honest and sincere personality came from a very painful place and a desire to help anyone who felt the depths of the loss he felt. From childhood bullying due to the loss of his left eye, to the rapid rise in training, only to be fatally eliminated. Informal from his dream job as head coach of the Detroit Pistons, to a “second career” in broadcasting that has turned out to be his true calling, Vitaly’s journey of resilience is one I know will resonate globally. His story of loss, triumph, giving and humanity. To simply tell him.”
Featuring over 40 original interviews with Magic Johnson, Mike Krzyowski, Charles Barkley, John Calipari, Robin Roberts, Chris Berman and Mike Terrico, as well as other notable voices from college basketball, sports broadcasts, and beyond, “Dickie V” is fun. , an unforgettable, touching, inspiring journey through a wonderful life still lived, and a touching tribute to a man who continues to spread love and joy wherever he goes.
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