Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Perseverance - 2: Jim Valvano

While the head basketball coach at North Carolina State University, he won the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Before that, going into the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, his team's record was only 17-10, and none of the experts believed the Wolfpack would be invited to "The Dance." But they won the ACC tournament, earning them the right to compete. A huge underdog, they made it all the way to the finals, which they won with a last-second alley-oop dunk. It was one of the most exciting tournament runs of all time.

He's also remembered for his inspiring 1993 ESPY Awards speech eight weeks before he died of cancer.

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up."

1 comment:

Paula said...

I remember that season, and I remember that game. Everyone was stunned, elated, ecstatic! It was a wonderful time.

Thanks for bringing back that memory.