Runnin Royals Set To Host Jimmy V Game

The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer.
The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer.

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has recently announced its association with the V University virtual campus supporting cancer research through the V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Events in support of the initiative are scheduled for each basketball-sponsoring member institution.

On December 2, the Eastern Mennonite men's basketball team is scheduled to play in a Jimmy V Classic game in Yoder Arena when they host Averett University.

Director of Athletics, Dave King, is pleased to support the new relationship forged between the ODAC and the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.

"The sports world often connects itself to great causes whether it be disaster relief, medical issues, social issues or individual needs in the local community," said King. "Sporting events and venues provide great platforms for encouraging the engagement of others in worthy causes."
 
The event is part of Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research, which is held yearly in early December to drive awareness and raise donations to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The late Jim Valvano was head men's basketball coach for North Carolina State, Iona, Bucknell, and Johns Hopkins and was an ESPN commentator before passing away from metastatic cancer.
 
In his 1993 ESPYs speech, Valvano said, "Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever."
 
Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $170 million in cancer research grants nationwide, as it awards 100% of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. For additional information about The V Foundation, please visit www.jimmyv.org
 
"Jimmy V has been a part of NCAA Division I programs ever since he gave his famous speech in 1993, I'm really glad to see that DIII is now getting involved," King stated. "It acknowledges the reality that cancer has no boundaries with respect to who is impacted and therefore support for cancer research shouldn't either."
 
The opportunity to donate funds to the foundation will be during the men's game, which is slated for 2:00. Donations will be accepted at the concessions stand, as well as during halftime when student-athletes from SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) will be walking around and accepting cash funds.
 
All proceeds will go directly to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.