Embrace Jim’s Spirit This V Week!
On March 4, 1993, Jim Valvano was awarded the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first annual ESPY Awards. His powerful acceptance speech touched millions and continues to inspire people of all ages.
Faced with cancer, Jim refused to let go of his enthusiasm for life. In his speech, he encouraged others “to be enthusiastic every day” and to “keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have.” His message lives on, and Jim’s speech still inspires everyone facing adversity to live life to the fullest.
Jim also encouraged people to do three things every day: laugh, think, and cry. After laughing, spending time in thought, and being moved to tears, Jim said that you could have “a heck of a day.”
Most importantly, Jim’s speech inspires people in all situations with our Foundation’s motto: “Don’t give up … don’t ever give up!” This message continues to inspire and bring hope to all who have heard Jim’s speech.
Jimmy V Week on ESPN is kicking off with Jim’s ESPY speech on all ESPN channels. Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. EST, all of the United States will come together to listen to Jim’s message. Jim’s speech is also available here.
Jim lived life with passion and enthusiasm, and he never, ever gave up. Jimmy V’s spirit lives on through his speech and the cancer research that has been funded in his name.