Dick Vitale to speak at Washburn

Josh Rouse

College basketball analyst Dick Vitale will be speaking at 7 p.m. on April 28, 2010 in Lee Arena.

Vitale, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, began his career with ESPN during the 1979-80 college basketball season. Vitale did the play-by-play for the 1986-87 NAIA National Championship, which Washburn won.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 2, at 10 a.m., and can be purchased through the Washburn athletic department via phone at 785-670-BODS and can also be picked up in person at the Student Activities and Greek Life office in the lower level of the Memorial Union.

Ticket prices begin at $1 for Washburn students, $5 for Washburn staff and faculty and $10 for the general public. A $100 package ticket includes an exclusive reception prior to the lecture with Vitale and other VIPs, including 15-year NFL center Casey Wiegmann and Survivor: Guatemala winner Danni Boatwright. Proceeds from the lecture and reception will go to the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

“We are proud to have one of the biggest faces of college basketball on our campus working with our students and others to raise money for a very good cause,” said Garrett Love, WSGA president.

The Washburn Lecture Series began in 2007 with the goal of bringing high profile speakers to the Washburn campus. The series has brought such names to campus as Morgan Spurlock, Mark Whitacre, Jackie-Joyner-Kersee and Patch Adams.