Sager to receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award at black desert games

NBA 2K17 Coins — Craig Sager keeps a copy of Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPYS speech on his phone. He would
play it back sometimes during those long days in the hospital receiving treatment for
This summer, Sager will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award as ESPN honors the TNT
sideline reporter.
“It just shows it’s not about me; it’s about something bigger than me,” Sager told The
Associated Press on Tuesday about ESPN recognizing a commentator from another network. “What
I represent is somebody who, like Jimmy V said, `Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.’
“I refuse to give up. I refuse to give in.”
Sager and Valvano became close when they worked together on basketball at the 1991 Pan
American Games in Cuba. Sager recalled that he didn’t realize until he saw that speech at
the 1993 ESPYS how ill Valvano was – the former North Carolina State coach died less than
two months later. Yet as weakened as Valvano was physically by the cancer, he still summoned
the power for  .