Jimmy V Classic

December 7, 2009

If you have been watching the ESPN family of networks over the past week, you have noticed that there have been a great deal of references to the Jimmy V. Foundation.  This week has been a week to honor and campaign for the Jimmy V. Foundation.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Jimmy V. Foundation: Here’s a little history:

The Jimmy V. Foundation has been in existence for approximately fifteen years, since 1993 and it has raised over $90 million dollars for cancer research.  Jim Valvano was a visionary who fought to eradicate cancer at a time when cancer was not the health magnate that it is today. Unfortunately, Jim’s own battle with cancer ended without success, but his dream and passion to raise awareness, as well as raise money to perform research continues. One way in which Jimmy V’s message continues to raise awareness is in the sport that he dedicated much of his life to, that being College Basketball.  Jim Valvano was championship coach at North Carolina State University and a world class broadcaster, therefore a doubleheader is planned every year that allows four elite men’s programs to demonstrate their talents as well as two of the top women’s teams. This year Florida and Rutgers, two of the top women’s teams will play on December 7th in New Jersey and  in a double header on December 8th Georgetown will play Butler and Pittsburgh will play Indiana.  As these games are played out, please enjoy the magic and enthusiasm that these young stars play with, but remember that their energy represents the life and death fight that is taking place in hospitals, hospices, and homes around the country. If you have the time and desire please think to donate or raise the alarm for cancer research, because according to recent research cancer will continue grow as a threat to the average individual’s health. 

If you’re looking for more information on the Jimmy V. Foundation – Here is an important link: Jimmy V. Foundation 

In case you’ve forgotten the inspiration that is Jimmy V.  Here again is his inspirational ESPN ESPY Speech:

 

P.S. I would be remiss, if I didn’t mention that we should be thinking of that infamous day 68 years ago in Hawaii! Please, think of those that fought and lost their lives that fateful Sunday morning. I will post again later about this particular day.

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One Response to “Jimmy V Classic”

  1. Leigh Says:

    That speech gets me every time. What an amazing guy.


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