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.
"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.
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."