While driving into work this morning, I listened in, as I do every morning, to the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN radio. This morning’s show was to promote the Jimmy V Foundation. Jim Valvano was a college basketball coach and later a TV analyst before his death at 47 on April 28, 1993. He died from bone cancer.
While the head coach at North Carolina State University, he won the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament against high odds. Valvano is remembered for running up and down the court after winning the 1983 NCAA championship.
Shortly before his passing, Jim Valvano made one of the most inspirational speeches that I believe has ever been made. Watch it below. I have watched it many times, and it stills gets to me.