ESPN is committed to helping find a cure for cancer and has been proud to support the V Foundation for Cancer Research ever since ESPN commentator Jim Valvano echoed his famous words “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”® at the 1993 ESPYS. Through two primary fundraisers — Jimmy V Week in December and ESPY Day in July — ESPN has raised millions of dollars for the V Foundation.
Jimmy V Week
Jimmy V Week is a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs to help raise funds for the V Foundation. Jimmy V Week launches with a simulcast of Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPYs speech on all ESPN domestic media networks, includes fundraising messaging in programming throughout the week, and concludes with the Jimmy V Women’s and Men’s College Basketball Classics.
ESPY Day, a vision of former ESPN president and V Foundation Board Member George Bodenheimer, engages viewers in the fight against cancer through fundraising initiatives across multiple platforms, including the ESPN Radio ESPY Day Auction, ESPY Celebrity Golf, and the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards.
John Saunders Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research
John Saunders, a familiar and well-loved on-air face at ESPN for nearly 30 years, was also a founding member of the V Foundation Board of Directors and a tireless supporter of cancer research. To commemorate the many years he spent working to end the disease and his passion for pediatric initiatives, the John Saunders Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research grant was established in his name to support research aimed at stopping children’s cancers.
Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund
As popular on the ESPN campus as he was in the studios and on the sidelines he worked for 22 years, Stuart Scott was a longtime champion for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund will continue to keep his memory alive and assist some of the most vulnerable and disproportionately impacted communities battling this horrible disease.