James Thomas Anthony Valvano (March 10, 1946 – April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster. While the head basketball coach at North Carolina State University, his team won the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament against improbable odds. Valvano is not only remembered for running up and down the court after winning the game against the heavily favored Houston Cougars, seemingly in disbelief and looking for someone to hug, but also for his inspirational 1993 ESPY Awards speech, given just eight weeks before he died of bone cancer.
Jim Valvano Quotes
Jim Valvano #Hope
Now, I look at where I am now and I know what I wanna to do. What I would like to be able to do is to spend whatever time I have left and to give, and maybe some hope to others.
Jim Valvano #Birthday
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
Jim Valvano #Business
No matter what business you're in, you can't run in place or someone will pass you by. It doesn't matter how many games you've won.
Jim Valvano #Courage #Family #Mom
People think I have courage. The courage in my family are my wife Pam, my three daughters, here, Nicole, Jamie, LeeAnn, my mom, who's right here too.
Jim Valvano #Family
I talked about my family, my family's so important.
Jim Valvano #God
I will thank God for the day and the moment I have.
Jim Valvano #Life #Work
How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.
Jim Valvano #Life
I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you're emotions going.
Jim Valvano #Trust
I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust em.
Jim Valvano #Smile
And if you see me, smile and maybe give me a hug. That's important to me too.
Jim Valvano #Time
Now I'm fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how's your day, and nothing is changed for me.
Jim Valvano #Money
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 #Work
And I'm going to work as hard as I can... for cancer research and hopefully, maybe, we'll have some cures and some breakthroughs. I'd like to think I'm going to fight my brains out to be back here again next year for the Arthur Ashe recipient. I want to give it next year!