His team of 1983, great underdogs in the championship game against the University of Houston’s squad, beat the “Phi Slamma Jamma” team at the buzzer in one of the greatest upsets in NCAA history.
Valvano died at the young age of 47 of cancer. But his legacy lives on with the Jimmy V. Foundation and a long list of tremendously inspiring quotes. Here’s one I’m particularly fond of and found in 129 Greatest Quotes about Life from Famous People :
“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”
– Jim Valvano (1946 – 1993) American basketball coach