By Misty Green
The Red Boiling Springs High School Basketball teams will be holding a fundraiser during this coming Friday night’s, February 4, 2011 basketball game against Pickett County, with the donation received to go directly to the Jimmy Valvano Cancer Research Foundation.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was started in 1993 to honor Jim Valvano. From very humble beginnings of Jim's personal friends and family, The Foundation grew. Today, that circle of friends has expanded and the support structure of The Foundation includes people of all walks of life, those who knew Jim personally, those who knew of Jim, and many who have joined the cause simply because they believe in the possibility of Jim's final wish – to fund research to find cures for cancer.
“We’re going to be taking donations that night, between the boys and girls basketball games,” Lady Bulldog Head Coach Larry White commented, “and give it all to the Jimmy V. Foundation,” he added.
“The RBS girls basketball team are selling T-shirts for that particular night, and they are $10. If anyone wants to purchase a T-shirt, they can see me at the school, and they will be on sale at the Thursday night makeup game against Friendship Christian, and of course, if there are any left, they will be on sale during Friday night game against Pickett County, and we want everybody to wear their shirts to the game,” Coach White added. “We have really tried to spread the word about this foundation and our fundraiser,” Coach White said, explaining that Coach Jimmy V. was the former basketball coach at North Carolina State University, and won a national championship there for the men’s program. He made a dramatic speech when he accepted the 1993 ESPY Award and six weeks later, he lost the battle for his life to cancer.
“They had to help him to the podium when he gave that speech, and I’ll tell you, I have heard a lot of speeches, but I still tear up when I see it. We wanted to give to the Jimmy V. Foundation, because they donate every penny of their money to research and try to find a cure of this terrible thing. It is unbelievable of how much money they have raised and all of the good that they have done,” Coach White added.
“We need money for research. It may not save my life. It may save my children’s lives. It may save someone you love,” Jim Valvano, 1993 ESPY Awards. For more information on the Jimmy Valvano Cancer Foundation visit: jimmyv.org