The First Espy’s

Brainchild of John Walsh. Our mission was to create “The Oscars of Sports”

Setting : Madison Sq Garden 

Host : Bill Murray

     I’m leading Delbert McClinton and his band. Murray is changing the musical opener as people were filing in.

     Jimmy Valvano was to be honored. He was inspiring, charismatic - a world class motivator – and dying of cancer.

     Our band was 10 feet from the podium as we watched Dick Vitale and

Mike Krzyzewski help Jim to the stage….where he came alive before our eyes.

     Suddenly vibrant, energetic, inspiring –radiating life.

     Announcing the establishing of the V Foundation

He went way long despite the motioning of the stage manager.

    Mike and Dick then literally carried Jim back to his seat…exhausted.