V Week 2021

The V Foundation for Cancer Research and ESPN team up each year to raise awareness and funding to support life-saving cancer research. Starting on Giving Tuesday, November 30 through December 12, join us for V Week as we come together as one team to defeat cancer. 

The V Foundation was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®. The V Foundation has awarded nearly $290 million in cancer research grants nationwide and is one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research. Learn about the history of V Week and how it got started.

We are grateful to our partner, ESPN, for highlighting our work and the impact of critical cancer research throughout V Week. Cancer touches all of our lives, but we are determined to keep fighting. Jim’s rallying cry – “Don’t Give Up . . . Don’t Ever Give Up!” – continues to inspire us today. 

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Jimmy V Classic »

The Jimmy V Classic, named for legendary college men’s basketball coach and former ESPN commentator Jim Valvano, annually raises money and awareness for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded by Valvano in 1993 to fund game-changing cancer research and scientists to eradicate the disease.

The men’s classic began in 1995 and the women’s event debuted in 2002. Both events are part of ESPN’s V Week initiative, which utilizes platforms to provide important messaging to sports fans about the importance of cancer research.

Buy tickets for the games or tune in to ESPN on Tuesday, December 7 and Sunday, December 12!

#VStrongBaby »

From helping Jim Valvano to the stage at the 1993 ESPYS, to leading an annual Gala that raises millions of dollars for pediatric cancer research, Dick Vitale has been a part of the V Foundation team since the beginning. Now, Dick faces his own cancer journey and we are asking you to join us in supporting Dick in this fight.

Thanks to his leadership, the V Foundation has proudly awarded nearly $60 million in research grants through the Dick Vitale Fund for Pediatric Cancer. 

Send your own message of support for Dick Vitale 

Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund »

Black Americans have the highest death rate and shortest length of survival of any racial ethnic group for most cancers. This is not acceptable. 

The V Foundation created the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund to support the work of underrepresented scientists, as well as research dedicated to the aggressiveness, therapeutic responsiveness, and ultimate outcomes for Black cancer patients and other minority populations. 

During V Week, ESPN will support the Stuart Scott Fund as they join the V Foundation in our commitment to put an end to cancer disparities. 

Thriver: Ilan Ben-Hanan »

Three-time cancer survivor Ilan Ben-Hanan’s cancer journey began while graduating college and his personal experience was the catalyst for V Week. Read more about his #Thriver story.

Thriver: Alex Peavey »

VCU mindfulness coach Alex Peavey was diagnosed at 39 with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer. Five years later, Alex perseveres beyond all odds. Read more about his #Thriver story.

Thriver: Jacob Morse »

College sports fan Jacob Morse shares a special connection to Jim Valvano’s ESPY speech. Read more about his #Thriver story.


The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, of which Stuart Scott was a brother, will support the Stuart Scott Fund this year.  

Their month-long campaign called “Give and Go to Fight Cancer” will encourage two important things: to give by making a donation to cancer research and to go schedule a cancer screening. Learn more about the campaign

You can honor Stuart Scott’s memory by wearing your own BOO-YAH SHIRT. For every shirt purchased, $25 will be donated to the V Foundation to support the Stuart Scott Cancer Memorial Fund.


Hear from Dr. Willis L. Lonzer, III, General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity about their support for the V Foundation and Give & Go To Fight Cancer initiative during V Week.

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