“Don’t Give Up… Don’t Ever Give Up” Authors Win 47th Georgia Author of the Year Award

We are so excited to announce that the authors of “Don’t Give Up… Don’t Ever Give Up” have been chosen to receive the 47th Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Inspirational category. Justin Spizman, sports fanatic and Jimmy V admirer joined up with his mother, Robyn Spizman, a New York Times Best Selling Author, to explore and expand upon Jimmy V’s 1993 ESPY speech. The speech, only 11 minutes in length, sparked a movement against cancer.


Contest judge Patricia Cordona says this mother-son duo wrote a book that “continues to remind us of how one person’s thoughts and desires can truly make a difference.”

With the help of Nick Valvano, The V Foundation’s CEO, Justin and Robyn were able to include glimpses into the life of Jimmy V while also highlighting the main lessons that we should take from Jimmy V’s infamous speech.

The book, listed as “Don’t Give Up… Don’t Ever Give Up: The Inspiration of Jimmy V—One Coach, 11 Minutes and an Uncommon Look at the Game of Life” can be purchased on This book is a refreshing and inspirational mix of stories and lessons that Jim Valvano wanted to share with the world.