V is for Victory.
V was for Hope.
V said “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”
And They didn’t.
He had told them the first day they met. “We are going to win a National Championship.”
They failed for two years, and time was running out, most of them were seniors in college. Last chance.
They won when nobody had given them a chance.
Jimmy V joked even his mother didn’t give them much of a chance.
Jimmy V believed in them. He believed in himself, and his father believed in him too, and showed it. He didn’t give up. He never, never gave up on them — or himself. He fought to the day he died of cancer. His goal to beat cancer, in some sense, hasn’t stopped — creating the V Foundation which has raised a 100 million dollars for research in the last 20 years since his death.
It was considered a miracle that North Carolina State basketball team won the 1983 NCAA National Championship — coach Jimmy Valvano never stopped believing that they would win.
James Thomas Anthony “Jimmy” Valvano, Performer Artisan, (March 10, 1946 – April 28, 1993), nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball coach. While the head basketball coach at North Carolina State University, he won the 1983 NCAA Basketball Tournament against long odds. Valvano is not only remembered for running up and down the court after winning the 1983 NCAA championship, seemingly in disbelief and looking for someone to hug, but also for his inspirational 1993 ESPY Awards speech, given just eight weeks before he died of cancer. [Wikipedia, revised]
In basketball the champions are the only ones who can “cut the net.” Jimmy V practiced with his team cutting down the net, every year.
“I love the job I do.”
Performers are the people for whom it can truly be said “all the world’s a stage.” Born entertainers, they love the excitement of playing to an audience, and will quickly become the center of attention wherever they are. Performers aren’t comfortable being alone, and seek the company of others whenever possible — which they usually find, for they make wonderful playmates. Performers are smooth, talkative, and witty; they always seem to know the latest jokes and stories, and are quick with wisecracks and wordplay-nothing is so serious or sacred that it can’t be made fun of. [Please Understand Me II]
If you don’t work hard you will not succeed. But if you do what you love, it isn’t hard work.
Other Performer Artisans include: Janis Joplin, Gene Krupa, Louis Armstrong, Alex Karras, Kim Jong Un, Phyllis Diller, Jim Cramer, Magic Johnson, Josephine Baker, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.