TV Sports Analyst Dick Vitale to Throw Opening Pitch at April 16 Rays Game on Behalf of Florida Bank Miles for Moffitt

April 13, 2009

St. Petersburg, FL—On behalf of the Florida Bank Miles for Moffitt, noted college basketball analyst Dick Vitale will throw the ceremonial first pitch Thursday at Tropicana Field when the Tampa Bay Rays host the Chicago White Sox at 7:08 p.m. 

The veteran ESPN sports announcer is throwing the pitch to help promote the Florida Bank Miles for Moffitt event, a 5-mile, 5K and 1-mile walk/run being held May 9 at the University of South Florida Sun Dome.  All proceeds from the event will fund cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center.

The Rays are the presenting sponsor of the Moffitt race and designated the April 16 game at Tropicana Field as Florida Bank Miles for MoffittAppreciation Night. 

Vitale, a passionate and colorful sports commentator, is known for his support of cancer research, especially his work with The V Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. 

For details about the Florida Bank Miles for Moffitt, visit or call (813) 745-1346.  

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.