ESPN, Founding Partner
Jim Valvano was a man of passion. It was in his face, his voice and his every gesture. Anyone who met him, played a game for him, saw him coach, or heard him speak could feel his burning passion for life.
So inspired by this passion, the people of ESPN now freely give their time, resources and creativity to support the mission of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and carry on the spirit of Jimmy V. From the ESPN V Committee that was established by ESPN President George Bodenheimer, to the growing number of Team ESPN members across the company, the ESPN community demonstrates its commitment to the Foundation in ways both big and small, throughout the entire year.
Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research
ESPN wraps up each year with a celebration of Jim’s life by hosting “Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research.” ESPN’s V Week festivities kick off in December with the presentation of Jim Valvano’s ESPY speech on the ABC Supersign in Times Square in New York City. During this week, ESPN employees come together to dedicate their time to encouraging people to support The V Foundation in memory of their inspirational and beloved friend, Jim Valvano. The week culminates with the Jimmy V Women’s and Men’s Basketball Classics, each live on ESPN networks. ESPN’s focus on The V Foundation during this week has made it one of the largest annual fundraisers.
After his diagnosis with bone cancer, Jim announced in his speech during the first ever ESPY Awards in 1993 that he and ESPN had formed The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Today, amidst the celebration and glamour of the ESPY Awards, ESPN continues to remember Jim.
ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic
The annual ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic in Los Angeles is three days of impressive athletics, noteworthy stars, sun and a whole lot of fun – all in the name of Jim Valvano. Its multimillion dollar success, donated entirely to cancer research, is a product of the countless volunteer hours contributed by ESPN’s dedicated employees.
ESPN Radio: Don’t Give Up ESPYs V Foundation Auction
The hard working people of ESPN Radio have made the ESPYs V Foundation Auction on air a huge success, creatively packaging fan experiences, such as ESPN Monday Night Football Game of Your Choice, for sale to the highest bidders. Everyone from “Mike and Mike” to staff members at ESPN Radio owned and operated stations work together to support cancer research in the spirit of Jim Valvano’s famous message – “Don’t give up… Don’t ever give up.”
Multiple times a year, ESPN hosts the ultimate sports competition for the most passionate and daring athletes around – the X Games. Throughout the years, many of these athletes have taken a moment away from the thrill of the competition to honor their loved ones and support the Foundation. The V Foundation is proud to cheer on these athletes wherever and however they may be competing, in cities from Los Angeles to Aspen.