The V Foundation for Cancer Research and ESPN Hall of Fame sportscaster Dick Vitale have announced the list of sports celebrities who are scheduled to attend the 16th annual Dick Vitale Gala on May 7 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, for the goal of raising the awareness and support needed to defeat pediatric cancer. To date, Vitale has raised $37 million for the pediatric cancer fund in his name at the V Foundation.
This year’s event will honor former University of Notre Dame women’s head basketball Coach Muffet McGraw, University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen, Auburn University men’s head basketball coach Bruce Pearl and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt. Vitale will also recognize ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen with the V Foundation John Saunders Courage Award.
Others scheduled to attend the gala are ESPN SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians; former Notre Dame football coach and sports analyst Lou Holtz; Baylor men’s head basketball coach Scott Drew; professional aerialists, daredevils and acrobats Nik and Erendira Wallenda; ESPN SportsCenter anchor Chris Berman; sports analyst and former professional basketball coach Mike Fratello; Emmy Award-winning Fox 8 News anchor Stefani Schaefer; retired Belmont University basketball coach Rick Byrd; former NFL player Todd Johnson; basketball Hall-of-Famer, Orlando Magic co-founder and former Philadelphia 76ers GM Pat Williams; former professional basketball player Marcus Liberty; former San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Willie Clark; former Baltimore Ravens player Rob Robertson; former All-American Notre Dame basketball player Gary Brokaw; and ESPN Play-by-Play commentator Rich Hollenberg.