Sunday, April 28, 2013
'Don't give up ... don't ever give up'
By Lizzie Haldane
Jim Valvano coached at Bucknell and Iona before his legendary career at NC State.
Twenty years ago today, Jim Valvano -- affectionately known as Jimmy V -- passed away at the age of 47 after a yearlong battle with bone cancer. Eight weeks prior, the former North Carolina State basketball coach (who led his team to the 1983 national title on a buzzer-beater) accepted the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first annual ESPYS. During his speech, he announced the establishment of The V Foundation for cancer research, which has since raised more than $100 million. His famous words then, also the foundation's motto now, continue to ring true: "Don't give up ... don't ever give up."