April 28 ~  Laugh Think and Cry I Remember Jim Valvano

"To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two--spend some time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think, and cry, that's a heck of a day." ~ Jim Valvano

North Carolina basketball coach Jim Valvano On this day in 1993, beloved North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano died after a 10-month courageous battle with bone cancer. He was only 47 years old.

A great coach, natural recruiter, and motivator, in 10 seasons (1980-1990) he appeared in eight NCAA tournaments, including the miraculous 1983 championship. He was twice voted ACC Coach of the Year and had a stellar career record of 346-212.

"There was nothing that Jimmy was afraid to do," praised famed Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps.

In his battle with cancer, Jimmy V. never gave up.

"How do you go from where you are to where you want to be?" the charismatic Valvano once asked rhetorically. "I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. You have to be willing to work for it."

The V Foundation for cancer research is named for him and "and empowers others with his winning spirit, carrying on the creed he lived by."

"We need money for research," Valvano believed. "It may not save my life. It may save my children's lives. It may save someone you love..."


Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength Laugh, think, and cry.