The V Foundation
"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 achieving victory over cancer, and supports the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which has funded more than $200 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 V Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board.
Through two primary fundraisers - Jimmy V Week in December and ESPY Day in July - ESPN has raised more than $76 million for the V Foundation.
Jimmy V Week
Jimmy V Week is a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs to help raise funds for the V Foundation. Jimmy V Week includes a simulcast of Jim Valvano's famous ESPYs speech on all ESPN domestic media networks, includes fundraising messaging in programming throughout the week, and the Jimmy V Women's and Men's College Basketball Classics.
ESPY DAY engages viewers in the fight against cancer through fundraising initiatives across multiple ESPN platforms, including the ESPN Radio ESPY Day Auction, ESPY Celebrity Golf, and the Sports Humanitarian Awards.
Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund
The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund was created in memory of celebrated ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott after he passed away from cancer on January 4, 2015. The fund encourages cutting-edge research for African Americans, Hispanics and other minority populations suffering from cancer. Learn more here.
John Saunders Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research
John Saunders, a familiar and well-loved on-air face at ESPN for nearly 30 years, was also a founding member of the V Foundation Board of Directors. To commemorate the many years he spent working to end the disease and his passion for pediatric initiatives, the John Saunders Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research grant was established in his name to support research aimed at stopping children's cancers.