During an NCAA head coaching tenure that spanned 19 years, Jim Valvano collected 346 basketball wins, coached teams to the NCAA Tournament eight times and in 1983 celebrated an NCAA Championship after leading his N.C. State Wolfpack to an unforgettable victory over heavy-favorite Houston.
On March 4th, 1993, 10 years after the memorable run, he gave us yet another indelible moment at the inaugural ESPY Awards where he received the Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award for his bravery while facing a terminal cancer diagnosis. In his moving acceptance speech, Valvano emphasized the power of love, joy and dreaming and introduced The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which featured his personal pledge as the organization’s motto: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”
A portion of proceeds benefit The V Foundation.