Pictured: Jim Valvano, Andrew Jones, Karen Sfanos, M.S., Ph.D., and Dick Vitale

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ESPYS 2022 Highlights

Jim’s 1993 ESPYS Speech   |   Dick Vitale   |   Why Give


Thank YOU!

We sincerely thank you, ESPN, our supporters, ESPN fans, and the many cancer-fighting champions for supporting critical cancer research for making this years ESPYS a year to remember.

The V Foundation remains committed to funding the most innovative and promising cancer research in the country. With your help, world-class scientists are growing closer every day to defeating cancer.

We are One Team for Victory Over Cancer!

Jimmy V Perseverance Award

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance is given annually to a sports-connected individual who has overcome great obstacles through persistence and determination.

Dick Vitale was announced this year’s winner of the award for his efforts to raise funds for pediatric cancer research as he also goes through his own cancer battle. Almost 30 years after Dick walked Jimmy V up to the stage for his ESPYS speech, it was Dick who shared so many moments of inspiration for the nation.

Check out our top 5 favorite moments of his speech.

ESPYS Highlights

  • Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Dick Vitale
  • Muhammed Ali Sports Humanitarian Award: Albert Pujols
  • Pat Tillman Award for Service: Gretchen Evans
  • Arthur Ashe Courage Award: Vitali Klitschko
  • Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year: Denver Broncos

See the full list of award winners here!

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 together with ESPN. To date, the V Foundation has awarded nearly $290 million in grants nationwide, funding lifesaving, game-changing cancer research.

Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPYS Speech

“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.”


Research is essential. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer rates have dropped 27% over 20 years (2001-2020). But, much work remains to be done as cancer is the second-leading cause of death, after heart disease.

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Honoring Dick Vitale

This year’s ESPYS honored college basketball icon Dick Vitale with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. The award is given to a member of the sports world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. Almost 30 years ago, Dick walked Jimmy V up to the stage for his ESPYS speech. It’s only fitting for Dick to be honored with an award named for Jim.

Since losing his friend and ESPN colleague Jim Valvano to cancer, Dick has made a commitment to stopping this disease. From helping Jim Valvano to the stage at the 1993 ESPYS to leading an annual gala that has now raised nearly $55 million, Dick is a long-time V Foundation board member and a passionate advocate for pediatric cancer research. And he has remained that passionate advocate for others even through his own cancer journey.

Congrats Dick


Why Give?

Our mission is to fund game-changing research and all-star scientists to accelerate victory over cancer and save lives.

We need your help. I need your help. We need money for research. It may not save my life. It may save my children’s life. It may save someone you love. And it’s very important.

Jim Valvano
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Stephanie Sullivan, MD

Quote: "Your donation benefits mankind. The easy science is done, the difficult science is now." - Siddhartha Mitra, Ph.D., University of Colorado Cancer Center

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