Today, December 3rd, is an important day in the sports world. The reason for the day’s importance is that it begins the annual “Jimmy V. Week for Cancer Research.” It all kicks off tonight with a simulcast of beloved former NC State coach Jim Valvano’s famed 1993 ESPYs speech across the ESPN family of networks. It will also run on the ABC SuperSign in New York’s Times Square. Good Morning America host and winner of the 2013 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Robin Roberts, will introduce the simulcast.
Roberts and a handful of athletes, coaches, celebrities and ESPN faces will share Valvano’s words through public service announcements. The announcements in question and “Jimmy V Week” content will air on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, NBA on ESPN games, and college football games on ABC.
The week-long memoriam wraps up with the “Jimmy V. Women’s and Men’s Basketball Classics Presented by Corona.” The games will be broadcast Tuesday, December 17th at 7pm ET on ESPN2. Number 1 Connecticut will face off against Number 2 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina on the Women’s side. On the men’s side, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati will take to the hard court at 7pm ET. That game will be followed up by a matchup of Number 16 Florida and Number 11 Memphis at 9:30 ET. Both games will run on ESPN and ESPN Radio live from Madison Square Garden.
The “Jimmy V. Week for Cancer Research” raised $1.6 million in 2012. Last year’s success brings the fundraising effort’s six-year total to more than $6.5 million. More information on this and more from ESPN is available online at http://www.espn.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPN. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.