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Celebrities from sports and entertainment gathered for Team ESPN’s 12th annual ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic, helping to raise $1 million in net proceeds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The total was announced onsite at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms in Industry Hills, Calif. by George Bodenheimer, Executive Chairman, ESPN.
“The devastating effects of cancer continue to motivate us while the spirit and commitment at this event inspire us,” Bodenheimer said. “The celebrities, volunteers and sponsors collectively make a powerful statement in this important, ongoing fight.”
Nick Valvano, V Foundation CEO and brother of Jim Valvano, added, “As always, The V Foundation extends our gratitude to our ESPN family for their unwavering commitment to our cause. My brother Jim knew that beating cancer would require a team, and we could not ask for a better partner.”
Among the athletes and celebrities in attendance were Carlos Bocanegra, Tim Brown, Dwight Clark, Billy Crudup, Eric Dickerson, Trent Dilfer, Tony Dovolani, Lee Elder, Julius Erving, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Chris Harrison, Bruce Jenner, Greg Jennings, Lou Holtz, Joe Mantegna, Willis McGahee, Bode Miller, Mike Piazza, Jalen Rose, Stuart Scott, Matthew Stafford, John Saunders, Alan Thicke, Amani Toomer, Tommy Tuberville, Lindsey Vonn, Dereck Whittenburg, Michael Wilbon, Kellen Winslow, Sr. and many more.
Don’t Give Up ESPYs V Foundation Auction
The eighth annual “Don’t Give Up ESPYS V Foundation Auction” – an 11-day online and on-air public auction to raise money and awareness for The V Foundation for Cancer Research – will conclude Wednesday with 18 fan “experiences” auctioned live on air across ESPN Radio’s national shows (beginning at 6 a.m. ET until 12 a.m. ET). For the first time ever, to help drive additional awareness to t
he ESPN Radio Auction, ESPN Radio hosts Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic, and Colin Cowherd will team up for two hours of The Herd (11 a.m. ET – 1 p.m. ET) live from Los Angeles. Additionally, the majority of the nearly 250 experiences and items in the auction will be available online via www.espnradio.com or www.ebay.com through Wednesday.
The V Foundation events coincide with the 2012 ESPYS July 11, live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET. The 20th annual industry-wide sports celebration gathers top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. As part of the evening, former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand will be presented the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. During a 2010 game against Army, LeGrand, then a junior, suffered a spinal cord injury that en
ded his playing career and changed his life forever. Jim Valvano’s famous speech was delivered at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.
The V Foundation
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by E
SPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $120 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation’s endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
Team ESPN encompasses ESPN’s multi-faceted corporate outreach initiatives, including volunteerism, corporate giving and cause marketing, while utilizing its diverse media assets. Through Team ESPN, ESPN employees and fans join together to make a difference in our world and the communities in which we work. www.teamespn.com.