Join ESPN and the V Foundation for Cancer Research
on June 21 at 9:00 p.m. for the 2020 ESPYS.

We can’t wait to celebrate the impact made by athletes, teams and fans, who are using sports to bring us together, encourage resilience, provide joy and inspire hope during these challenging times. Now more than ever, let’s remember life is worth celebrating!

The V Foundation’s story began at ESPN’s inaugural ESPY Awards in 1993. Jim Valvano, legendary basketball coach and ESPN commentator, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his perseverance and positive outlook amidst his cancer diagnosis. During his unforgettable speech, Jim announced the formation of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. To date, the organization has awarded more than $260 million in research grants nationwide, funding cutting-edge people and projects.

We are grateful to our partner, ESPN, for highlighting the V Foundation and the impact of funding life-saving cancer research twice a year – at the ESPYS and throughout V Week. As cancer touches all of our lives, we are determined to achieve our Victory Over Cancer® commitment. Jim’s rallying cry, “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!”®, continues to inspire us today.


Every minute, three people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer. Inside Jim’s powerful words was a clear message: Cancer research needs our support. Will you help?


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Every dollar you donate to the V Foundation helps make discoveries that give longer lives and a better quality of life to cancer patients. With your support, scientific breakthroughs may one day save someone you love.

Sports Humanitarian Awards

The 2020 Sports Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb, benefitting the V Foundation, celebrate athletes who use their power for good.

See the Nominees


Thank you to all sponsors of the Sports Humanitarian Awards, presented by Bristol Myers Squibb, which benefit the V Foundation.

Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award
presented by Dove Men+Care

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Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award
presented by Anthem Foundation

Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award presented by UFC

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“There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them”. – Jim Valvano

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