Jimmy V and Me: My Journey to PeacePlayers

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From the Field

Hi, my name is Rachel Goodman and I am one of PeacePlayers’ Communications and Development interns this summer and I’d like to tell you a little bit about why I am here.

In a little over a month from now, the 2015 ESPYs will air. Each year, someone receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award — the most important award of the night in my opinion. It is awarded to an individual whose contributions transcend the world of sports. The first recipient was North Carolina State University Head Basketball Coach Jim Valvano in 1993, who lost his battle with cancer just 8 weeks after receiving the award. I must have been about 12-years-old the first time I saw the video of the famous speech he gave that night. If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend you do — but at its core, his speech advised how to battle adversity and…

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