"James Thomas Anthony "Jim" Valvano", nicknamed "Jimmy V", was an American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster.

While the head basketball coach at North Carolina State University, he won the 1983 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament/1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament against long odds. Valvano is not only remembered for running up and down the court after winning the 1983 NCAA championship, seemingly in disbelief and looking for someone to hug, but also for his inspirational 1993 ESPY Awards speech, given just eight weeks before he died of bone cancer.

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