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#TBT: The Classic Jimmy V

Jim Valvano, or Jimmy V, is shown crowd surfing through a sea of fans. (Unknown)
Jim Valvano crowd-surfed a sea of fans. (ESPN)

The first Jimmy V Men’s Classic dates back to Dec. 22, 1995, a basketball event created in memory of the former ESPN analyst and NCAA title-winning coach Jim Valvano.

It has turned into a week of ESPN programming that has raised more than $8.2 million in seven years.

On Dec. 4, 2006, The V Foundation became endowed, allowing all donations to fully go towards cancer research. Jimmy V Week began Tuesday and continues through Dec. 9. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #jimmyvweek.

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