Jim Valvano, or Jimmy V as he was affectionately known, was born March 10, 1946. He tragically lost his life aged just 47 after a short, but heroic, battle with cancer.
Jimmy V used to play point guard but made his name as a coach. He was North Carolina's State University Coach and it was whilst he was in this job that Jimmy became well known. His team won the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament against tiny odds. In the crunch game against the Houstan Cougers Jimmy was suddenly put on the map after his now legendary reaction to winning the game. When his team won Jimmy was so overwhelmed that he started running up and down the court desperately looking for someone to hug.
After his coaching career Jimmy V became a broadcaster for ESPN and ABC Sports. However, in 1992, he was diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma, a type of bone cancer. On March 3, 1993, just eight weeks before his death, he spoke at the first ESPY Awards, presented by ESPN. Jimmy had been awarded the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award. It was during the award speech that Jimmy announced the creation of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. He announced that the foundation's motto would be "Don't Give Up . . . Don't Ever Give Up." Jimmy's speech still touch's people today and can be viewed here.
Jimmy's 1993 ESPY Speech
BIRTH NAMEJames Thomas Anthony "Jim" Valvano
BORNMar 10 1946
DIEDApr 28 1993 (aged 47)
HEAD COACHING RECORD346-210 (.622)
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