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Dick Vitale will be honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ‘22 ESPYS this JulyTHOMAS BENDER/SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE

ESPN President JIMMY PITARO surprised broadcaster DICK VITALE Friday at Vitale’s 17th annual gala by announcing that he will be "honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance" at the ‘22 ESPYS this July. To date, Vitale's helped raise $55M in "pediatric cancer research," including more than $11M "raised at Friday's gala -- the most ever." Vitale “rang the bell” to be cancer free last month after "grueling rounds of chemotherapy and a vocal cord surgery that kept him from using his voice for three months" (USA TODAY, 5/8).

NO HARM NO FOUL: Basketball HOFer SPENCER HAYWOOD, though described in an unflattering light, said that he is “pleased with how he is being portrayed" in HBO's "Winning Time," as it is “bringing more exposure to his journey through drug addiction and his contributions to the NBA.” “Winning Time” documents Haywood’s "drug use throughout that season and his promises to teammate and close friend" KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR that he would "stop as the Lakers continued their playoff run.” Haywood: “I would say 95 percent of (his portrayal) was true. I’m a little disappointed with (how they captured) JERRY (WEST). But some real stuff went on that season.” He added, “I love the attention. Because of my suffering for all of these years with PTSD and now I feel so relieved in a way” (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/8).

IN MEMORY: PETER MOORE, who in the mid-'80s "designed the remarkably popular" Nike Air Jordan, died on April 29 at 78 in Portland. His wife, CHRISTINA, confirmed the death. She noted that he had Parkinson’s disease and Ménière’s disease. Moore was part of a small group of Nike execs who "began working" with MICHAEL JORDAN shortly after he was chosen third overall in the ’84 NBA Draft. Moore spent four years at Nike and after some time at Adidas. Among his achievements with Adidas, as a consultant and then as an exec, were the "introduction of the EQT line of sneakers and sportswear" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/7). Several people have “taken credit for bringing Jordan to the company,” but Moore and late Nike exec ROB STRASSER were the ones who “devised a marketing strategy" built around "designing a pair of shoes specifically for the budding basketball star." Moore and Strasser “refocused Adidas on its history" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/8).

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