NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports during this year's Sports Emmy Awards ceremony.

Vitale joined ESPN shortly after its launch in 1979. He called the network's first significant college basketball game on Dec. 5, 1979, when DePaul hosted Wisconsin. Vitale was inducted into the National Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame last year.

Vitale also serves on the board of directors of The V Foundation, which was founded by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano in 1993 to find a cure for cancer.

The 40th Sports Emmy Awards are scheduled for May 20 in New York.


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