Jim Valvano (1946-1993) – Basketball Coach
Jim Valvano was an inspirational college basketball coach who showed the world that the little things in life are what matter. While the head basketball coach at North Carolina State University, he won the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament against all odds. Valvano is not only remembered for running up and down the court after winning that 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 cancer. No matter how short his time in this world was, he stressed the importance of people remembering to laugh, to think, to cry. His leadership through his battle with cancer is an inspiration to us all. Valvano’s V Foundation for Cancer Research has raised millions of dollars to help find a cure for cancer.
We honor Mr. Valvano for the example he set for others, and his foundation’s contributions to medical research. He is clearly a Legacy Champ. If you want to be a Legacy Champ in your own special way, then contact The Mendel Law Firm, L.P., for a free initial consultation on estate planning, trust planning, and/or probate issues.