Vitale, wife give $1M to Notre Dame to help students
South Bend, Ind. — ESPN college basketball analyst and former Detroit Pistons and University of Detroit coach Dick Vitale and his wife have donated $1 million to the University of Notre Dame to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students with demonstrated need.
Vitale said he and his wife, Lorraine, developed a love for the university where their daughters attended and played on the tennis team.
The university also announced that alumnus Robert Harris and his wife, Mary Ellen, have donated $5.5 million to underwrite the construction of a track and field stadium. Construction is expected to begin by year’s end.
Harris earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Notre Dame and a doctorate in biochemistry from Rutgers University. He is president and CEO of Harris FRC Corp., a New Jersey-based firm that offers strategic expertise on development of drugs, biologics and medical devices.