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By: Julio Olmo

“We are thrilled to welcome Indiana, Louisville, Texas Tech and UConn to this year’s Classic,”, said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and ESPN Events, “The legacy of Jim Valvano and the work of the V Foundation continue to be honored through this event, and we look forward to bringing fans two great matchups as we raise funds and awareness for cancer research.”

The 2019 Jimmy V Men’s Classic Presented by Corona – in its 25th year – will include Indiana, Louisville, Texas Tech and UConn.

The annual doubleheader, held in conjunction with V Week, will take place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, with the Huskies facing the Hoosiers, and the Cardinals taking on the Red Raiders. Both matchups will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on ESPN.

Texas Tech, after an impressive 2018-19 season – which included an appearance in the national title game – will play in its first Jimmy V Classic.

Louisville, also earning a spot in last season’s NCAA tournament, will be making its third appearance.

Both Indiana and UConn will make their fourth appearance in the event.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to declaring victory over cancer.

ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator, founded it in 1993.

Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide.

It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.

The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee.


“…Now I’m fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how’s your day, and nothing is changed for me…Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul…Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up!”, Jim Valvano.

They don’t make ’em like Jimmy V, anymore…

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