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 $250 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 - V Week in December and ESPY Week in July - ESPN has raised more than $100 million for the V Foundation.
V Week is a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs to help raise funds for the V Foundation. 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 Week engages viewers in the fight against cancer through fundraising initiatives across multiple ESPN platforms, including the ESPN's 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.
Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund
In honor of Board member and cancer thriver Robin Roberts, the V Foundation has established a research fund in her name. The unique biomedical needs of cancer survivors will increasingly become a focus of all patient care in the future. New research initiatives are urgently needed to reduce long-term effects of cancer. Learn more here.
Tyler Trent Fund
In 2019, ESPN created the Tyler Trent Fund at the V Foundation to support cancer research for adolescents and young adults. Tyler Trent, a Purdue University student who was battling osteosarcoma, captured the hearts of America when his story was featured across many ESPN shows. Trent, who passed away Jan. 1, 2019, wished to make an impact in the fight against cancer so that other young cancer patients and their families will not have to go through the agony his family endured.