Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up

For those who are looking for a quick dose of mid week inspiration this legendary speech by Jimmy Valvano may be just what you need. Jimmy Valvano was an American college basketball coach, who is famous not only for his success as a coach, but equally so for this inspiring speech he gave at the 1993 ESPY Awards. During the speech Jimmy reflects on his career as a coach, but more importantly reflects on the beauty of life. A year prior to this speech Jimmy had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and told to start getting his affairs in order. Although Jimmy knew there was not much time left for him, he was determined to appreciate all that he had and fight for every last minute he could. His message was simple, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up." Just 8 weeks later Jimmy lost his battle with cancer, but his words will live on forever. Check out the full speech below, and be inspired to appreciate every moment of life.


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