ESPN Auctions Sports Experiences For Charity
The above video, from the 1993 ESPN Awards, features an unforgettable speech from Jim Valvano, the former North Carolina State basketball coach. "Don’t Give Up...Don’t Ever Give Up!” Shortly after, cancer took his life. (Full speech transcript.)
17 years ago, The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and Valvano. Since, The V Foundation has raised more than $90 million to fight the disease. ESPN's currently holding their annual Foundation fundraiser by auctioning off sports memorabilia and special experiences. The finest of the SoCal items are listed below. Bidding ends on July 9th.
- All Night with Jason Smith Lakers Ring Experience. The granddaddy of all ESPN LA auctions. (LAist Interview with Jason Smith.) Two fans will get to hang out with late night radio host, Smith, and attend the Laker's season opening game at the Staples Center where the team will be awarded with their NBA championship rings. Winners will also get a personalized tour of ESPN Radio's studios at LA Live, dinner at the ESPN Zone with Smith, a chance to join Smith on the air, a case of Fresca soda, and a pair of Jason's $100 jeans (regular All Night listeners will know Jason's regularly ribbed for purchasing them.)
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Broadcast Booth Experience. Features: jersey signed by Torii Hunter, four game tickets, an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field with Angels manager Mike Scioscia, and the chance to spend an inning in the Angels Broadcast Booth.
- Anahem Ducks package featuring four tickets to a home game at the Honda Center and an autographed Ryan Getzlaf jersey.
More auctions can be found on eBay.