Remembering Jim Valvano's inspirational ESPY speech

Jim Valvano's 1993 ESPYS Speech


Twenty-one years ago, Jim Valvano took the stage during the first ESPY Awards at Madison Square Garden and delivered one of the most iconic speeches in sports history.

You remember the famous line: "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."

The former N.C. State coach, who shocked the hoops community when his 1983 team upset Houston's Phi Slama Jama to win the national championship, inspired a much larger community during his battle with cancer.

On March 4, 1993, Valvano was honored with the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the ESPY Awards. Despite his failing health, Valvano spoke for more than 10 minutes about his life and his illness with a positivity.

He passed away several weeks later at age 47.
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