The V Foundation for Cancer Research
"Don't give up ... don't ever give up!" The late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator, echoed those famous words while accepting the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the 1993 ESPYS. With that speech, he not only inspired a Foundation that would raise millions of dollars for cancer research, but countless number of people who are motivated by his passion and conviction.
ESPN is committed to helping find a cure for cancer, and supports The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which has funded more than $130 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board.
Jimmy V Week
Jimmy V Week is a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs to help raise funds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. 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.