In 1993, beloved coach Jim Valvano gave a speech at the first ESPYs that inspired a generation.

It's bigger than sports.

ESPN's annual award show, the ESPYs, honors remarkable achievements in athletics.

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and Taye Diggs present Kevin Durant with the award for Best Male Athlete. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.


But this star-studded program is much more than fun and games. At the 2015 ESPYs, Caitlyn Jenner will be recognized for her bravery in sharing her personal journey and for the work she's done to highlight the daily struggles of the trans community in a story that transcends sports.

At the very first ESPYs in 1993, basketball coach Jimmy Valvano received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Valvano (widely known as "Jimmy V") was a beloved college basketball coach at NC State in the 1980s and became a color commentator for ESPN in 1990.

Coach Valvano celebrates after his team wins the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in 1983. Photo by Getty Images.

But in the summer of 1992, Valvano was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

With months to live, Jimmy V took to the stage at the ESPYs to accept the award and gave the speech of his life.

His wise words on hope, persistence, and the the beauty of life inspired not just the sports community, but fans and supporters across the country.


GIFs via the Jimmy V Foundation.

Though he passed away a few months later, Jimmy V's message of hope and persistence lives on.

During the ESPYs, with financial support from ESPN, Jimmy V announced the formation of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Its motto? Wise words from the man himself.

Since its launch in 1993, the Jimmy V Foundation has awarded over $130 million to more than 100 facilities across the country.

At the 2007 ESPYs, ESPN presented the first Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

The honor recognizes individuals who display extraordinary determination in the face of adversity. Past winners include Eric LeGrand, who was paralyzed after an on-field incident, and ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, who passed away in January 2015 after battling cancer.

This year, the honor goes to Leah Still, cancer survivor and five-year-old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals tackle Devon Still.


Even in the extravagant world of professional sports, Jimmy V made a difference by being compassionate, honest, and vulnerable.

Through the ESPYs and the work of his foundation, he continues to inspire generations of athletes and fans to stay positive, humble, and grateful.

Need a bit of motivation? Watch Jimmy V's moving acceptance speech below.


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Dolphin and orca captivity, for sure. They'll probably shake their heads at how people died because they couldn't afford healthcare. And, they'll be completely mystified at the amount of food some people waste while others go starving.

According to Biological Diversity, "An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is wasted every year, costing households, businesses and farms about $218 billion annually."

There are so many things wrong with this.

First of all it's a waste of money for the households who throw out good food. Second, it's a waste of all of the resources that went into growing the food, including the animals who gave their lives for the meal. Third, there's something very wrong with throwing out food when one in eight Americans struggle with hunger.

Supermarkets are just as guilty of this unnecessary waste as consumers. About 10% of all food waste are supermarket products thrown out before they've reached their expiration date.

Three years ago, France took big steps to combat food waste by making a law that bans grocery stores from throwing away edible food.According to the new ordinance, stores can be fined for up to $4,500 for each infraction.

Previously, the French threw out 7.1 million tons of food. Sixty-seven percent of which was tossed by consumers, 15% by restaurants, and 11% by grocery stores.

This has created a network of over 5,000 charities that accept the food from supermarkets and donate them to charity. The law also struck down agreements between supermarkets and manufacturers that prohibited the stores from donating food to charities.

"There was one food manufacturer that was not authorized to donate the sandwiches it made for a particular supermarket brand. But now, we get 30,000 sandwiches a month from them — sandwiches that used to be thrown away," Jacques Bailet, head of the French network of food banks known as Banques Alimentaires, told NPR.

It's expected that similar laws may spread through Europe, but people are a lot less confident at it happening in the United States. The USDA believes that the biggest barrier to such a program would be cost to the charities and or supermarkets.

"The logistics of getting safe, wholesome, edible food from anywhere to people that can use it is really difficult," the organization said according to Gizmodo. "If you're having to set up a really expensive system to recover marginal amounts of food, that's not good for anybody."

Plus, the idea may seem a little too "socialist" for the average American's appetite.

"The French version is quite socialist, but I would say in a great way because you're providing a way where they [supermarkets] have to do the beneficial things not only for the environment, but from an ethical standpoint of getting healthy food to those who need it and minimizing some of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions that come when food ends up in a landfill," Jonathan Bloom, the author of American Wasteland, told NPR.

However, just because something may be socialist doesn't mean it's wrong. The greater wrong is the insane waste of money, damage to the environment, and devastation caused by hunger that can easily be avoided.

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