Izzo video on V Foundation and Lacey Holsworth
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Izzo video on V Foundation and Lacey Holsworth

ESPN's Dick Vitale has raised money in memory of Jim Valvano

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo taped a "Don't ever give up" video for the V Foundation and ESPYs that has been playing on ESPN.com.

Izzo and Adreian Payne, one of his star players on Michigan State's 2014 Sweet Sixteen team now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, befriended Lacey Holsworth during the 8-year-old's battle with cancer. Payne was Holsworth's favorite player and they spent time together throughout her treatments. Holsworth passed away shortly after the 2014 season.

The story gained national attention, and ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale has raised money in Holsworth's name through his efforts with the V Foundation. The V Foundation, named for Jim Valvano, is part of the ESPYs program.


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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications


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