Dick Vitale, one of the most recognizable figures in sports television, will appear as speaker at a fundraising event for the Marshall County Athletic Foundation Nov. 26.
Vitale will speak in Reed Conder Gymnasium on the Marshall County High School campus in Draffenville.
Dennis Smith, president of the athletic foundation, said the group has been working on getting a high-profile speaker for some time and is excited that Vitale will be coming.
“I think he’ll be great for the foundation, great for the school, great for the county,” Smith said.
Vitale’s visit will be on Monday before Marshall County’s annual Hoop Fest basketball exhibition on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
“He’s going to be in the region, doing some ESPN work in Indiana” in late November, Smith said.
“We really tried hard to get him for Thursday night before Hoop Fest,” Smith said, but scheduling did not accommodate that plan.
Tickets go on sale Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at CFSB in Benton and Murray. Unsold tickets may be purchased at the high school athletic office.
Reserved floor seats are $40, lower-level chair and bleacher seating is $30 and upper-level general admission bleacher tickets are $15.
Vitale, 73, was head basketball coach at the University of Detroit and of the Detroit Pistons NBA team in the 1970s.
He began working as an announcer for the newly formed ESPN cable venue after his one season as an NBA head coach.
He was part of ESPN’s first production of a college game in December 1979.
Over the past 33 years, “Dickie V” has become a household name. Vitale was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Marshall County Athletic Foundation promotes sports at MCHS by providing scholarships and training equipment to student-athletes.
The foundation also established and helps maintain the Marshall County Athletic Hall of Fame.