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Wikipedia Summary for Jim Valvano

James Thomas Anthony Valvano (March 10, 1946 – April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster.

Valvano had a successful coaching career with multiple schools, most notably at North Carolina State University. While the head coach at NC State, his team won the 1983 national title against improbable odds. Valvano is most remembered for his ecstatic celebration after winning the national championship against the heavily-favored Houston Cougars.

After his coaching career, Valvano gave an inspirational and memorable speech in 1993 at the ESPY Awards while terminally ill with cancer, telling listeners to laugh, think, and cry each day, saying "don't give up. Don't ever give up". He gave the speech less than two months before his death from adenocarcinoma. The ESPY Awards now include the Jimmy V Award named in his honor. Each year, a college basketball tournament called the Jimmy V Classic is held in his honor and in support of cancer victims and survivors.

Quote: We have a very intelligent team. I've had clubs that when you tell a guy to go back door, he leaves the gym. Or you tell the team you're going to have a closed practice and eight guys don't show up. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

We have a very intelligent team. I've had clubs that when you tell a guy to go back door, he leaves the gym. Or you tell the team you're going to have a closed practice and eight guys don't show up.


Quote: The difference between Namath and me is that when you make the money he makes, they say you're ruggedly handsome. When you make the money I make, they say you have a big nose. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

The difference between Namath and me is that when you make the money he makes, they say you're ruggedly handsome. When you make the money I make, they say you have a big nose.


Quote: If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.


Quote: All really successful coaches have a system. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

All really successful coaches have a system.


Quote: Never give up...never ever give up. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

Never give up...never ever give up.


Quote: Nothing can happen if it's not first a dream. If you have someone with a dream, if you have a motivated person with a goal and a vision, if you have someone that never gives up, who has great hope, Anything can happen. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

Nothing can happen if it's not first a dream. If you have someone with a dream, if you have a motivated person with a goal and a vision, if you have someone that never gives up, who has great hope, Anything can happen.


Quote: Enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

Enjoy your life, the precious moments you have.


Quote: Other people go to the office. I get to coach. I know I've been blessed. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

Other people go to the office. I get to coach. I know I've been blessed.


Quote: Are you saying that the assistant had the answers all along, he just wasn't telling anyone? by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

Are you saying that the assistant had the answers all along, he just wasn't telling anyone?


Quote: Take time every day to laugh, to think, to cry. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

Take time every day to laugh, to think, to cry.


Quote: Nothing has ever been accomplished in any walk of life without enthusiasm, without motivation, and without perseverance. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

Nothing has ever been accomplished in any walk of life without enthusiasm, without motivation, and without perseverance.


Quote: I made a ridiculous statement when I first went to North Carolina State. I said I know basketball down there was like life or death. It was very wrong. It's more important. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

I made a ridiculous statement when I first went to North Carolina State. I said I know basketball down there was like life or death. It was very wrong. It's more important.


Quote: I'm not happy to be here. I'm just happy to be! by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

I'm not happy to be here. I'm just happy to be!


Quote: 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. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

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.


Quote: But try if you can to support, whether it's AIDS or the cancer foundation, so that someone else might survive, might prosper, and might actually be cured of this dreaded disease. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

But try if you can to support, whether it's AIDS or the cancer foundation, so that someone else might survive, might prosper, and might actually be cured of this dreaded disease.


Quote: 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. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

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.


Quote: I set out very calculatedly to become known. The only thing I maybe miscalculated was how easy it would be. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

I set out very calculatedly to become known. The only thing I maybe miscalculated was how easy it would be.


Quote: I talked about my family, my family's so important. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

I talked about my family, my family's so important.


Quote: Don't give up. Don't ever give up. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

Don't give up. Don't ever give up.


Quote: 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. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

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.


Quote: Be a dreamer. If you don't know how to dream, you're dead. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

Be a dreamer. If you don't know how to dream, you're dead.


Quote: I will thank God for the day and the moment I have. by author Jim Valvano overlaid on photo of photo of author Jim Valvano with quote

I will thank God for the day and the moment I have.


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