Remembering Jim Valvano, a symbol of courage and inspiration…


By: Julio Olmo

There are numerous coaches and basketball programs in the NCAA Tournament with a lot of victories and titles, but as far as I am concern the true meaning behind the spirit of March Madness will always belong to Jim Valvano and his 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack had no chance to get in the 1983 NCAA Tournament unless they won the ACC Tournament outright, which would earn North Carolina State an automatic bid to March Madness and…they did!

What happened next, is the stuff which dreams are made of.

Within a month’s time, after a magical stretch run, a video clip showing Valvano running up and down the court in disbelief after winning the 1983 NCAA championship and looking for someone to hug, made him the Avatar of March Madness.


Jim Valvano, eventually lost his battle with cancer in 1993, just eight weeks after giving his legendary speech at the ESPY Awards, but not only has Jimmy V remained a March Madness icon, but his fighting spirit has become a symbol of courage and inspiration for many, many others.

 “…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.

May you always rest in peace, Coach…They don’t make ’em like Jimmy V, anymore! (VIDEO)






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