The annual Jimmy V Classic will be played tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.
In honor of the occasion, which raises money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski wrote a heartfelt letter to his late friend Jim Valvano.
Krzyzewski's Duke team will play in this year's Jimmy V event. Here's the contents of the letter, which was released via Dear World:
You and I became brothers during the last four or five months of your life. You knew that you were dying of cancer. You were in Duke Hospital and we spent a few nights every week together.
We had many moments.
The very best moment though was when you said,
“I’m gonna die, but I’m gonna win.”
I asked you, “What do you mean?”
And you said, “I want to beat cancer. After I die, when we’ve finally beat cancer I want to be there."
I was with you when you died. And I never looked at our relationship as having a last moment. I always looked forward to the next moment.
I don’t remember the last thing I said to you, Jimmy.
And the reason I don’t is because I thought you would live forever.
Love your friend,
Touching stuff. Valvano's legacy lives on just as strong as ever today.
In fact, here's a link to his famous "Don't Give Up" speech at the 1993 ESPYs, because there's never a bad time to watch that.
No. 5 Duke takes on No. 21 Florida tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Purdue and Arizona State are also part of the event.
[ Duke Chronicle ]