Jim Valvano’s spirit, drive, and determination carried him through his brief but illustrious life. From a determined little boy following his dreams to becoming a coach to a victorious leader who carried out his life goal by winning the 1983 NCAA Basketball National Championship, Jim achieved all the goals he set for himself.
Jim never gave up on his dreams. His final triumph came toward the end of his glorious life when he announced the formation of The V Foundation for Cancer Research at the 1993 ESPY Awards. Founded by ESPN and Jim Valvano, The V Foundation was established to carry out Jim’s final, unmet dream—to soundly defeat cancer.
The success of The V Foundation is built upon Jim’s ability to personally touch the lives of others. Jim’s spirit lives on through his family, friends, and the numerous supporters and fans who remember him. His famous words, “Don’t give up…don’t ever give up,” are not only a motivation to those battling cancer, but also serve as encouragement for those who want to help in the fight against this terrible disease.
Jimmy V’s Unforgettable ESPY Speech