20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary: Jim Valvano Kids Klassic

Before The V Foundation was even concieved, Jim Valvano was active in the cancer research community. In 1985, a golf classic was started called the Kids Klassic to benefit cancer patients at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. Jim Valvano participated in the first tournament that raised $2,500.

Throughout the years, Jim and his friends played in the tournament and even helped film commercials for promotion of the event. The tournament has grown quite a bit over the past 28 years, but one of the biggest changes came in 1993 after the death of Jim Valvano. A discussion between sponsors and chairs resulted in the renaming of the event Jim Valvano Kids Klassic.

Jim Valvano Kids KlassicIn 1996, The V Foundation and the Jim Valvano Kids Klassic teamed up to raise money to create a floor at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. The floor is now known as the Jim Valvano Day Hospital.

When discussing the relationship between The V Foundation and the Jim Valvano Kids Klassic, Don Shea, a founder of the Klassic said it best, “During Jim’s speech, he talked about helping children and he was a true advocate. This is just another way to keep his spirit alive.”

This year’s event will take place from July 12-13 beginning with a semi-formal seated dinner and silent auction on Friday evening. Saturday morning the tournament will take place at Croasdaile Country Club. Check here for more information.

Auction items are available. Be sure to support this special event!