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ESPN Commits $1M To V Foundation

November 27, 2012

As ESPN begins its ESPN Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research -- named in honor of the late Jimmy Valvano -- the sports network commits to donate $1 million to the V Foundation for Cancer Research's endowment fund. ESPN Exec. Chairman George Bodenheimer said, "It's fitting for ESPN to make this commitment as we begin Jimmy V Week, when our employees and sports fans are passionate in joining together to make a difference to beat this disease."

V Foundation Chairman Bob Lloyd, a onetime teammate of Valvano's, said, "ESPN, its people and fans continually amaze us with their commitment, not only financially, but also in raising national awareness for the foundation."

This is the sixth annual Jimmy V Week on ESPN; this year's event kicks off Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET with a simulcast of Valvano's 1993 ESPY Awards speech across all ESPN's U.S. networks. Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and an EPSN commentator, died of cancer in 1993 at age 47.

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