Dick Vitale and wife make $1 million gift to Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND — Longtime ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale and his wife, Lorraine, have made a $1 million gift to the University of Notre Dame for scholarships for undergraduates who have demonstrated need.

The Dick Vitale Family Spirit Scholarship is a need-based fund with preference given to undergraduates who are involved in campus spirit groups, such as members of the marching band, Irish Guard, Irish Dance Team and cheerleading squad, the university announced Thursday.

The Vitales are residents of Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Their two daughters, Terri and Sherri, have each earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Notre Dame.

“My family and I are very proud that we’re able to give a gift to Notre Dame that can be utilized to benefit young people pursuing their dreams and goals. To be able to enhance their education is very special to us, especially to support those who participate in non-scholarship athletic activities," Dick Vitale said in a written statement.

Dick Vitale graduated from Seton Hall University in 1963 and earned a master’s degree in education from William Paterson University. He coached at the University of Detroit from 1973-77, and was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons in May 1978. Vitale has called games for ESPN since its inception in 1979.

Dick didn't even go here, but is giving $1,000,000 to ND for scholarships. This place truly attracts great people. pic.twitter.com/xfA6LZ0Ra0

— Mike Brey (@NDMikeBrey) September 17, 2015

Just heard about amazing & generous $1,000,000 gift Dick donated to ND's financial aid. Great friend. Huge heart. pic.twitter.com/mSGq8GmTNE

— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) September 17, 2015

Dick Vitale poses for photographs with fans Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at the Notre Dame pep rally. Vitale was on campus for a basketball gathering by the Notre Dame teams.