Jimmy Valvano is the type of person our blog is dedicated too. There is no better candidate for our first “Hero’s beyond the Hardwood.” The Jimmy V speech is one of the most popular speeches of all time. He spoke of the most valuable things in life-like laughter, crying, time, and family. This man was facing a battle off the court tougher than any previous opponent he’s played or coached against. There was no time to change plays or call a time out. Facing such a disease and on the verge of death he never failed to impress. This is one of the most touching ten-minute clips in sports history. People will probably forget he was the coach of the 1983 NCAA champions. However, this man lived a life in which we should strive for. His off the court accomplishments trump his hardware any day. A foundation was started, a legendary speech was spoken, and his legacy will always be enshrined in sports.
“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up” by Jimmy V