December 01, 2012
Jim Valavano was the head basketball coach for the North Carolina State University when the college last won a National Championship. In 1993, having been diagnosed with cancer, Valvano was honored at the ESPY awards, and gave one of the more inspirational speeches in sports history.
Ever since then, ESPN, the V Foundation, Dick Vitale, and others have brought the issue of cancer research to the forefront of the sports world through the story of Jim Valvano. The Jimmy V Classic, a college basketball early season set of games at Madison Square Garden will include Texas vs. Georgetown and NC State vs. UConn. In honor of Jimmy V, the players from NC State will be wearing special jerseys with that says STATE on the front with the players number and the words “Don’t ever give up”, part of Valvano’s famous speech, on the back. The jerseys are red and have the background of a basketball net around the neck. The net on the jersey pays tribute to NC State coach Everett Case, known for popularizing the “cutting down the net” in 1947.
Authentic Store Buzz: Pro League Authentics has just come out with a new exclusive line of apparel. The Legends Line- Wilt Chamberlain. A fan of Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, or maybe you just know him as Mr. 100. Wilt Chamberlain was a basketball legend, considered by many to be the most athletic and talented player to ever strut onto the NBA hardwood. The big man, who wore number 13 and was famous for wearing the sweatband on his head, once dropped 100 points in Hershey, PA. PLA has the exclusive line of shirts of the Wilt Chamberlain line.
As the NFL season continues, PLA continues to provide a great selection of authentic NIKE NFL jerseys including the newest one, a home blue Andrew Luck jersey. In fact, PLA is now offering 50% off on any NIKE NFL jerseys. All are authentic. Check our selection out on our website, call up the store to inquire, or keep track of our Facebook Page and Twitter feed for daily updates.
Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: In what year was the first Aggie Bonfire lit? Answer to come Monday.
Wednesday’s answer: The mascot, the Fighting Sioux, was considered racist towards Native Americans and eventually, in 2012, replaced.