The V Foundation for Cancer Research – “Don’t Give Up… Don’t Ever Give Up”

Posted on March 01, 2013 by Tom Roth

"You laugh, you think, you cry, that is a full day.” So began Jimmy Valvano’s famous ESPY award speech in 1993. Jim Valvano, (Jimmy V) was one of the NCAA’s most storied coaches. He led the 1983 NC State Wolfpack to an improbable national title against powerhouse Houston. His successful  career includes winning seasons at Rutgers, Johns Hopkins, Bucknell and Iona. After leaving NC State in 1990, Valvano became a popular commentator on ESPN. Throughout his career, Jimmy V was known as a passionate man, pursuing his goals with formidable dedication and a lighthearted touch. Nothing typified his persona more than the speech he gave just eight weeks before passing away from cancer at age 47. After accepting the Arthur Ashe courage award, Valvano joked that he wasn’t worried about the time slot allotted to him for talking, he was running out of time to live and intended to use as much as he needed for his speech. He went on to urge people to live with passion and grace and in the speech, announced the partnership with ESPN, that to this day is the backbone of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research. The Foundation now has national reach, and in just 20 years has raised over $100 million for cancer research.

This March, On Tap Magazine will be helping raise money for the Jimmy V Foundation throughout DC, Maryland and Northern VA with a series of pop-a-shot promotions during the NCAA Tournament. Come join On Tap Magazine, play pop-a-shot and you’ll automatically win t-shirts, swag and other fun stuff. 

On Thursday, March 21st from 7-10pm we will be in Arlington at Carpool, Buffalo Wild Wings in Ballston, Bailey’s in Arlington, Union Jack’s, Velocity 5, Front Page, A-Town Bar and Grill, and the Green Turtle. On Friday, March 22nd from 7-10pm, we will be at the Crystal City Sports Pub, Bailey’s in Crystal City, Mister Days, Hard Times in Fairfax and in Arlington, Kilroy’s, Grevey’s, and Primetime in Fairfax.

This year, when you watch the madness, take a moment to remember those who suffer the madness of cancer every day, and help make a difference. You can see Jimmy V’s famous speech, learn more about the foundation and make a donation at

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