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Jim Valvano
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Jim Valvano

Jim Valvano lived his life by the simple mantra, "don't give up; don't ever give up." It was a mantra he preached to his N.C. State basketball team in the closing seconds of the 1983 NCAA finals, and it was a mantra he lived by during his battle with bone cancer in the early `90s. The '83 Wolfpack were able to overcome insurmountable odds, beating a top-seeded Houston team on a last-second shot, but Valvano succumbed to cancer after a yearlong battle. His legacy of courage and perseverance, however, are immortal.

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