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Jimmy V. tourney caps two decades of raising money for cancer

Posted August 26, 2013

This year marked 20 years of honoring former NC State head basketball coach Jim Valvano at the Jimmy V. Celebrity Golf Classic.

"We talk about Jim everyday, it's almost like he's never gone," says Nick Valvano, Jim's brother.

Sadly, time doesn't cure all.

Jimmy V. Celebrity Golf Classic Fialko: Celebrities golf for The V Foundation

"The thing that hasn't gone by quickly is how we've attacked cancer," said former N.C. State guard and assistant coach Eddie Biedenbach. "It affects all of us."

But those who knew the iconic coach say Valvano would never let the negative spoil a weekend gathering like this.

"His message was always the same thing, it was always positive, it was always about never giving up," said former N.C. State head basketball coach and member of the 1983 National Championship team, Sidney Lowe. Jimmy V. Celebrity Golf Classic Jimmy V. Celebrity Golf Classic

And year-after-year, this golf get-together draws a mix of entertainment and sports A-listers, like Roger Clemens and NFL Hall of Famer, Emmitt Smith, who witnessed first-hand V's unforgettable speech at the 1993 ESPY's first-hand.

"It was very touching, very moving," said former Dallas Cowboys running back and the NFL's all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith. "Jimmy and his team represent truly what this country is all about: hard-work, perseverance, dedication, and never quitting."

Over that two decade-span, all those admirable attributes helped collect a hefty sum for cancer research.

"We've raised over 120 million, nowhere near enough, but we're finding that it can make a difference," said Nick Valvano.

An attitude that would fit "V" to a "T."

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  • KTs Spaghetti Aug 26, 2013

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    Yeah because the players are going to rip the course at a celebrity tournament for charity. SMH.

    You must have not walked the lakes course.

  • Honesty first Aug 26, 2013

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    What are you talking about? The course was beautiful and heard many comments on the condition by players, all were positive. You are nuts!

  • VT1994Hokie Aug 26, 2013

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    Good job. A great event and tradition for a great cause. It's hard to believe that it's been this long. Great organization to keep raising millions.

  • NCSU84 Aug 26, 2013

    I volunteered Sunday at the event.

  • KTs Spaghetti Aug 26, 2013

    Went there yesterday and had a good time. I was a bit surprised at the condition of the course though. Mushrooms growing on the fairway? Greenskeeper should have gotten a talking to.

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