Remembering Jimmy V

I was watching the Jimmy V Classic last night and as they do every year between the conclusion of the first game and the start of the second, ESPN showed Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPY speech in its entirety.

Valvano was battling cancer and would eventually lose that battle just eight weeks after the March 3rd ESPY’s. He had just won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and gave a very memorable acceptance speech. If you have never watched it, or want to see it again, you can view it at the bottom of  this post

My favorite part of the speech is near the end when Valvano says:

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. To be enthusiastic every day and as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great could be accomplished without enthusiasm,” to keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have. The ability to be able to work hard for your dreams to come true, to become a reality.


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