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How To Watch Jim Valvano ESPY Speech Documentary



Rutgers alum Jim Valvano has made a major impact with the Jimmy V Foundation. Photo credit MPS-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday night, the ESPY’s take center stage for the sports world. One of the most famous moments in ESPY’s history is Rutgers alum Jim Valvano’s inspirational speech. It’s the 30th anniversary of that moment and ESPN produced a documentary on the famous speech to honor Valvano. Former basketball teammate and Rutgers great Bob Lloyd, the longtime Chairman of the V Foundation, will be interviewed. The V Foundation has raised almost $200 million for cancer research. Jim Valvano’s legacy only grows with the great work that the V Foundation continues to do.

From the press release:

As part of this year’s ESPYS Week, ESPN will debut “THE SPEECH,” a new one-hour SC Featured documentary that examines the extraordinary circumstances that led to one of the most impactful speeches ever given — former basketball coach and ESPN analyst Jim Valvano’s “Don’t Give Up. Don’t Ever Give Up,” speech at the first ESPYS Awards in March 1993 inside Madison Square Garden’s Paramount Theatre.

The SC Featured will air Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN ahead of The ESPYS, and again, on Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m. ET on ABC. The documentary also will be on ESPN+ immediately after airing July 12.

The film, directed and produced by Murrow Award winner Michael O’Connor, shares the details of Valvano’s life that became encapsulated in one incredible moment of determination as his health failed, to deliver his message to the world and launch a foundation that continues working to achieve his final dream — find a cure for cancer.

Featured interviews include former Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, members of the Valvano family, Dr. Joseph O. Moore (Jim’s oncologist), 1993 ESPYS Director Steve Binder, and many more.

Watch the trailer, an excerpt and the actual speech below.



ESPY Speech


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