Jim Valvano Kids Klassic
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
2013 marks 28 years of making a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening diseases!
Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center is widely known as a place for providing the expertise required to successfully diagnose and treat children afflicted with cancer and for performing the research that one day may help prevent and eradicate these devastating diseases.
Our pediatric programs depend on the generosity of our many friends and partners to remain at the top of the field. And with the rapid changes in today’s health care industry and mounting pressures to find a cure, the need for funding from events like the Jim Valvano Kids Klassic is more urgent than ever.
We ask that you translate your compassion into action by giving today. We deeply appreciate corporate or individual gifts of any size.
As Coach Valvano said, “Never, never give up.” At Duke Children’s, we’re not giving up until the battle against pediatric cancer is won.
Watch a video of patients and families at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center reading Jim Valvano's inspirational ESPYS speech.
The Jim Valvano Kids Klassic (JVKK) is an entertaining weekend to benefit pediatric cancer research, patient support and education at Duke Children's. The JVKK has raised nearly $3 million in its history.
This two-day event includes:
- Friday evening semi-formal seated dinner, silent auction, live auction and entertainment by the Amazing Kreskin.
- Saturday round of golf at the Croasdaile Country Club and luncheon for the golfers' spouses and guests.
- Saturday cocktail party, awards presentation and dancing to the music of The Fabulous Hot Dog Daddy-Os and Shag Time 2 Dance Team.
~ Corporate Sponsors ~
Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.
Carolina Recording Systems, Inc.
DeHaven's Storage and Transfer
Duke Corporate and Venture Development
Duke Hospital Auxiliary
Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Francis A. Hendricks & Edith T. Hendricks Foundation
Giorgio's Hospitality Group
Hendrick Durham Auto Mall
Long Beverage, Inc.
MillerCoors Brewing Company
Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation, Inc.
Overstreet Sign Contractors, Inc.
Women's and Children's Services
~ Special Friends ~
Charles & Colvard
Mars Ice Cream
Michael Jordan Nissan
Moore Printing & Graphics
Ninth Street Flowers
Tarheel Trophy & Plaque Co., Inc.
Tri-Arc Food Services
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Witherspoon Rose Culture
"Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot take away my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. All those three things are going to carry on forever...don’t ever, ever give up." Coach Jim Valvano
Those are the words of N.C. State University legend and former basketball coach, Jim Valvano, who never gave up hope that one day children would live in a world free of cancer.
"Sometimes you get discouraged when people, both children and adults, continue to be diagnosed with this dreaded disease," says Pam Valvano Strasser. "I keep hearing Jim's words being whispered in my ear 'you can't give up.' We must keep going and hoping someday we'll find a cure."
In 1996, the Kids Klassic teamed up with the V-Foundation with the goal of raising $1 million to build the Jim Valvano Day Hospital at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center. In April of 2000, the Day Hospital became reality. Today young children and adolescents sit side by side with family and friends as they are treated with the most advanced health care available.
Our tireless efforts are in honor of the beloved Jim Valvano. A championship coach at N.C. State, Valvano became a national celebrity with an ESPN broadcasting position, a cable talk/variety show, and even his own Italian cookbook.
But we remember 'Jimmy V' most as a friend and true advocate for children. That's why each year the Kids Klassic strives to keep Jim's spirit alive.
Today we join together again to show our support and play a round of golf for all the right reasons. We are hoping for a cure so that all mankind, and especially children, can be free from cancer.
We have come together for the golf, for the camaraderie...but most of all for the children.
Photo Gallery 2013
Credit: Gary D. Knight Photography