1996 – Dick Vitale

Dick Vitale is ESPN’s top college basketball authority. He is always enthusiastic and sometimes controversial, but he is never boring. Some of his most well-known hallmarks are the “Vitale-isms,” spawning such notable phrases as “PTP’er,” “Get a TO, Baby,” and “Diaper Dandy.” Dick started out coaching high school basketball at East Rutherford, N.J. High School from 1964-70. During that time, his team won five state sectional championships, two consecutive state championships, and 35 straight victories. Dick moved on to become an assistant coach at Rutgers for two years, where he was instrumental in recruiting Phil Sellers and Mike Dabney, the two cornerstones of a 1976 NCAA Final Four team.

From 1973-78, Vitale coached at the University of Detroit, compiling a .722 winning percentage, including a 21-game winning streak in the 1976-77 season. In the spring of 1977, Vitale was named Athletic Director at Detroit. Dick went on to become the head coach of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons in May 1978, compiling an impressive record in little more than one season.

During the 1979-80 season, Vitale started his successful on-air calling as the top college basketball analyst for ESPN. Dick had segments on both television and radio, including “Dick Vitale’s Fast Break” commentary airing on SportsCenter. Vitale began providing a weekly column on the popular ESPNET SportsZone on the Internet and currently has his only college basketball page on ESPN’s website. Dick has contributed to ABC Sports, while also having covered the NBA Finals and the Olympics for ABC radio. In 1995, Vitale captured a CableACE Award as the top basketball analyst.

For many years, Dick has awarded five scholarship to the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota (Fla.). In honor of his involvement with the Boys and Girls Club, they named their new building the Vitale Physical Education and Health Training Center. Dick has been presented the Honorary Citizens Award by Father Flanagan of Boystown. He has been honored by Magic Johnson’s Roundball Classic and the Black Coaches Association for his contribution to youth. Vitale has received the John Domino Award for Professional Service from St. Bonaventure University and the Empire Sports Network. Dick has also been given the Phil Rizzuto “Scooter Award” as the most caring broadcaster in the New York City area and was named Man of the Year by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, NY.

Vitale is on the Board of Directors of The V Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer and founded by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano. He is on the advisory boards for the Harlem Globetrotters and the Henry P. Iba Awards. Vitale is also a member of the Associated Press voting panel for the top 25 and the selection committees for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards.

A few career highlights:
• Radio and television commentator for ESPN since 1979, and ABC, since 1988
• Coached Rutgers University basketball 1970-1972
• Coached University of Detroit basketball 1973-1977
• Coached the Detroit Pistons (1978-1979)
• Nominated for the Cable ACE award eight times, won in 1995
• Columnist for Basketball Times, Eastern Basketball and contributor to ESPN The Magazine
• Board of Directors of The V Foundation

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Our leadership team gave their Monday night to attend the Visioning Launch Lab, getting ready for the start of the new Rotary year on July 1st. 🎉🎉

What an amazing and dedicated group! Can’t wait to see what all they accomplish this year! #agentsofchange #peopleofaction
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Happy #MemberMonday honoring one of our Rotarians.

Dr. Mouzon Biggs, Jr., is inspiring on many levels and we are blessed to be able to call him a fellow Rotarian.

Anytime it is announced that Mouzon will be speaking it brings anticipation that you will hear something grand, something that will leave you thinking about what has been said. We all know Mouzon speaks from the heart and presents in a thoughtful, inspirational and well-meaning way. Mouzon inspires me to “keep doing the next right thing” and "keep swinging for the fences” as he so amply displays this motto in his day to day life. Thank you Mouzon for being you.

Upon retiring as Sr Pastor at Boston Avenue Methodist Church Mouzon said: “I never walked into the pulpit that I didn’t do the best I knew how to be as faithful to God’s word as I knew how. I never promised a home run, but I did promise to swing as hard as I could. I think I managed that.”

I think we can all agree he did that and so much more.
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June 14, 2004

15 years ago today, Past President Jimmie Saied celebrated his final birthday at the 11th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards Banquet directing "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

2004 Iba Chair, Linda Bradshaw, introduced him with the following:

"Our finale is a tribute to our honorees with a presentation that is a testament to his own life. A gentleman and patriot beyond description was born this very day, June 14, 1915 on Flag Day. He carried the torch to Washington to witness the signing into law signifying that "The Star and Stripes Forever" become the official march of the United States of America. He has thrilled thousands for decades with his characterization of John Philip Sousa through the concerts he has conducted across this great country. I'm proud to celebrate his 89th birthday with him tonight. He is my dearest and personal friend. Please welcome, Maestro James G. Saied."
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The Rotary Club of Tulsa, with sincere appreciation, presents the “James G. Saied Service Above Self…And Then Some” Award to Rotarian and Past President Charles B. Wilson, Jr.

For continuing to serve his club with leadership counsel and enthusiasm long after serving as club President, 1996-97;

For strengthening the club by initiating several membership initiatives that led to more and higher committed members that reflect the vitality and diversity of our community;

For his numerous leadership positions on the board and club committees, including the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards, where he chaired the event and served on the organizing committee for all 25 years;

For his leadership coordinating Rotary’s support for the transformational OU-OSU Bedlam Clinics;

He is exceptionally qualified to receive the club’s highest honor.

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