Worth a Watch: Jim Valvano's 1993 ESPYS Acceptance Speech


Nicknamed Jimmy V, Jim Valvano was an American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster.

Valvano had an excellent coaching career at multiple teams, most notably at North Carolina State University. While the head coach at NC State, his team won the 1983 national title against improbable odds. Valvano is most remembered for his ecstatic celebration after winning the National Championship against the heavily-favored Houston Cougars. After his career, Valvano gave an inspirational and memorable speech in 1993 at the ESPY Awards, telling listeners to laugh, think, and cry each day, saying "don’t give up. Don’t ever give up". He gave the speech less than two months before his death from adenocarcinoma, a type of many glandular cancers. The Jimmy V Award at the ESPY Award was named after him. Each year, a college basketball tournament called the Jimmy V Classic is held in his honor and in support of cancer victims and survivors.


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