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Jim Valvano Famous Speech “Never Give Up Don’t Ever Give Up” at 1993 ESPYs

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Twenty years ago, Jim Valvano took the stage during the first ESPY Awards at Madison Square Garden and delivered one of the most iconic speeches in sports history. The former N.C. State coach who shocked the hoops community when his 1983 team upset Houston’s Phi Slama Jama to win the national championship, inspired a much larger community during his battle with cancer.
Jim Valvano's Famous "Never Give Up... Don't Ever Give Up Speech at 1993 ESPYs

Jim Valvano Famous Speech “Never Give Up Don’t Ever Give Up”

“I just got one last thing; I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get your emotions going. To be enthusiastic every day, and as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great could be accomplished without enthusiasm,” to keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have. The ability to be able to work hard for your dreams to come true, to become a reality.” – Jim Valvano

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