Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic Tuesday From New Home: New York's Madison Square Garden

Dec. 5, 2003

For the first time, Jim Valvano's hometown of New York City will host the ninth annual Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic fueled by Pontiac on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The two-game college basketball showcase, televised on ESPN, will take place at Madison Square Garden (the previous eight Classics were held in East Rutherford, N.J.). Three of the nation's top 11 teams will compete.

In the first game, #11 Illinois will take on Providence at 7 p.m. ET, while #8 Arizona will face #9 Texas at 9 p.m. ESPN's Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and reporter Doris Burke will call the action. John Saunders and Digger Phelps will anchor pre-game, halftime and between game segments on site.

Tickets for the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic are available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office and at all Ticketmaster locations (including www.ticketmaster.com). A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit The V Foundation For Cancer Research.

OTHER JIMMY V HIGLHIGHTS
Replay of Valvano Speech Between Games: The building hosting this year's Classic was also the site of the inaugural ESPY Awards, which were held at The (then-Paramount) Theater at Madison Square Garden and included Jim Valvano's historic speech. ESPN will televise the speech, just under 10 minutes in length, between games. Valvano delivered the speech in March 1993 (two months prior to his death).

V Foundation Research Grant Recipient Part of Telecast Open: As part of the pre-recorded open to ESPN's Jimmy V Classic telecast, Dr. Elizabeth Maher, a 2001 V Foundation research grant recipient who works at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, shares some thoughts about the impact of cancer research funding. As part of the piece, Dr. Maher notes that 'it would be so exciting to present current day research to Jim Valvano. To have him sit down and say, 'Jimmy, this is the impact that you've had.'''

Live Audio Broadcast on ESPN.com: ESPN.com will provide an Internet-only broadcast of the two-game Classic. Marc Kestecher and Bob Valvano (Jim's brother) will call the action, while ESPN.com's Andy Katz will serve as sideline reporter and answer questions throughout the webcast.

Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, Dec. 28 on ESPN, Dec. 30 on ESPN2: On Sunday, Dec. 28 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN will televise the 2003 Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, an annual fundraiser that was held this past August in Cary, N.C. ESPN2 will re-air the event on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m.

Game Officials To Participate in V Foundation's Blow The Whistle on Cancer: As part of The V Foundation's ongoing Blow The Whistle on Cancer initiative, the officials working the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic will donate a portion of their game stipend to The Foundation.

Quote from Dick Vitale
'It should be excitement galore. The Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic at the Mecca - Madison Square Garden. Jimmy V used to light up when he took his Iona team to play at the Garden and now he's up in heaven on Cloud Nine knowing that his Classic will take place in New York City.'

Excerpt from the Writing of Jamie Valvano Howard, Daughter of Jim Valvano
'When Jim Valvano was 17 years old, he took out a simple white index card and wrote down all of his professional aspirations. He would play basketball in high school and college, become an assistant basketball coach, then a head coach, achieve a victory in Madison Square Garden, and finally cut down the nets after winning a National Championship. Jim's ability to see his place in the world with such clarity was truly a gift. This simple card, coupled with a strong belief that he could control his fate, would guide the next 10 years of his life. At the age of 36, Jim could take out his tattered index card and cross out every single dream. He was indeed the master of his destiny.'

For the full text, go to http://jimmyv.org/rememberingjim/jamie.cfm

Quote from Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation and Brother of Jim
'Having the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic in New York is very special to The V Foundation as well as the Valvano family. As New Yorkers, playing in Madison Square Garden, well, that was the dream of every kid growing up. I vividly remember the first time Jim was scheduled to coach a game at The Garden. He felt like he had 'finally arrived.''

The V Foundation For Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano. The Foundation has raised more than $30 million and has awarded 190 grants nationwide. The Foundation operates efficiently, with 85 cents of every dollar raised available directly for research. In addition to the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic, the second annual Jimmy V Women's Basketball Classic - featuring Texas vs. N.C. State and Purdue vs. Duke - was held last month in Raleigh, N.C. To learn more about The V Foundation, visit www.jimmyv.org or call 1-800-4JIMMYV.

TICKETS AVAILABLE
Great tickets are still available for the 2003 Jimmy V Classic - log onto www.thegarden.com or call ticketmaster at 212-307-7171.

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