Wine Celebration Hosts

V Foundation Wine Celebration Hosts & Friends of Jimmy V

The V Foundation Wine Celebration – 2014 Host: Scott Hamilton

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Hamilton won a number of skating championship titles before earning a spot at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, becoming the entire team’s flag bearer during the opening ceremonies and placing fifth in the male figure skating competition.

By the time Hamilton reached the Sarajevo Olympics, he’d won the U.S. and world championships every year as of 1981 and would go on to win 15 consecutive championships by 1984. Though struggling with his short and long programs, he won the 1984 Olympic gold medal with a combined score that included the compulsory competition, putting him ahead of his closest competitor, Brian Orser.

After winning the ’84 World Championships, Hamilton turned pro. He had become known for his athletic, petite (5′ 2.5″) frame, sleek skating outfits and crowd-pleasing backflips.

As a pro skater, Hamilton co-founded the touring production Stars on Ice in the mid-’80s; over the years he also skated in a number of other shows, including Ice Capades and Scott Hamilton’s Celebration on Ice. Hamilton also worked as a figure skating TV commentator and became an inductee into the halls of fame for the U.S. Olympics and the World Figure Skating Championships.

In 1997, Scott was diagnosed with testicular cancer, from which he recovered. Years later he also faced a brain tumor diagnosis, for which he underwent surgery in 2010 and recovered again. The athlete started the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative in 1999, with an emphasis on funding cancer research, sharing online information on chemotherapy and providing one-on-one mentorship for patients.

 

The V Foundation Wine Celebration – 2013 Hosts: Coach K and Mickie
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The August 2013 event at Nickel & Nickel winery brings back popular Wine Celebration host, Mike Krzyzewski, and his wife, Mickie. Affectionately known as “Coach K”, Krzyzewski’s history of winning seasons, superb graduation rates for his players and a basketball team that is as close as family are all attributes that reflect on the man who is now in his 33rd season as the head coach of the Blue Devils,
Mike Krzyzewski.

Although some still stumble with pronouncing and spelling his name, when people speak of the highest level of success in the college basketball world, the name Krzyzewski (Sha-shef-skee) immediately comes to mind. Coach K further solidified his status in the upper pantheon of coaching on Nov. 15, 2011 when he became the winningest coach in college basketball history with a 74-69 Duke win over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden.

In 32 years at Duke, Krzyzewski, a Hall of Fame coach and 12-time National Coach of the Year, has built a dynasty that few programs in the history of the game can match.

The numbers under Coach K are staggering:

  • Four National Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010)
  • Four gold medals as head coach of USA Men’s National Team
  • 927 career wins (most in NCAA history)
  • 854 victories at Duke, including 388 ACC wins
  • 79 NCAA Tournament victories (first all-time)
  • 12 National Coach of the Year honors (eight seasons)
  • Seven National Players of the Year (nine honors)
  • Six National Defensive Players of the Year (nine honors)
  • 28 NCAA Tournament bids
  • 25 All-America selections (39 honors)
  • 11 Final Four appearances (T-2nd all-time)
  • 12 ACC regular season championships
  • 13 ACC Tournament championships
  • 486 weeks ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams
  • 425 weeks ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams
  • 104 weeks ranked No. 1 in the country
  • 45 NBA Draft selections, including 25 in the first round
  • 17 NBA Lottery picks
  • 10 Consecutive Top 10 AP Poll finishes (1997-2006)

Entering the 2012-13 season, Coach K is already the winningest coach in college basketball history and currently ranks fourth all-time in wins at one school. We can’t wait to welcome him and his wife back to the V Wine Celebration as hosts and friends.

 

The V Foundation Wine Celebration – 2012 Host: Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz, an author, television commentator, motivational speaker, and former NCAA football and NFL head coach. Holtz is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. He is also a multiple winner of National Coach of the Year honors.  Over the years, the slender, bespectacled Holtz has become known for his quick wit and ability to inspire players. In 2005, Holtz joined ESPN as a college football analyst. On May 1, 2008, Holtz was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

The V Foundation Wine Celebration – 2009 – 2011 Host: Coach Mike Krzyzewski
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The August 2011 event at Nickel & Nickel winery marked the return for the third year in a row of popular Wine Celebration host, Mike Krzyzewski. Affectionately known as “Coach K”, Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to three NCAA Championships, ten Final Fours (third most in history), and ten ACC Championships over 28 seasons at Duke.  He also coached the United States men’s national basketball team at the 2006 world championship and the 2008 Summer Olympics, culminating with the gold medal at the Olympics.

 

 

The V Foundation Wine Celebration – 2008 Host: Dick Vitale

Dick Vitale

Broadcasting legend, Dick Vitale, college basketball’s top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season — just after the network’s September 1979 launch — following a successful college and pro coaching career. Vitale is on the Board of Directors of The V Foundation. With Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski and ESPN/ABC analyst John Saunders, Vitale chairs the annual V Foundation Golf Classic. He can be seen and heard with basketball commentary on all of the ESPN networks as well as ESPN.com and other ESPN and basketball publications.  He is a member of seven Halls of Fame.

 

 

 

 

Lou Holtz

The V Foundation Wine Celebration – 2007 Host: Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz, an author, television commentator, motivational speaker, and former NCAA football and NFL head coach. Holtz is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. He is also a multiple winner of National Coach of the Year honors.  Over the years, the slender, bespectacled Holtz has become known for his quick wit and ability to inspire players. In 2005, Holtz joined ESPN as a college football analyst. On May 1, 2008, Holtz was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The V Foundation Wine Celebration – 2006 Host: Robin Roberts

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Before becoming a respected broadcaster, able to report on sports and hard news with equal skill, Robin Roberts balanced a hugely successful collegiate basketball career while doing well enough in classes to graduate cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1983. Out of college, she began working at television stations in her native Louisiana, eventually moving to larger and larger markets until she landed a spot as a regular on-air personality at ESPN in 1990 where she worked with Jim Valvano.  In addition to hosting the network’s flagship news program, SportsCenter, Roberts contributed her talents to pro football and women’s basketball segments. In 1995, she filled in on ABC’s morning news show, Good Morning America, eventually being named one of the show’s three anchors a decade later.  In July of 2007, Robin Roberts announced on air that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.   She has completed all her treatment and doing extremely well.

 

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