ESPN’s second annual ESPY Day to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research and its new Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund raised more than $3.85 million for cancer research on Wednesday, July 15.
ESPY Day – a day-long fundraising drive across multiple ESPN platforms — included the 11th annual ESPN Radio ESPY Day Auction, the 15th annual ESPY Golf Outing and the inaugural Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards. To date, ESPY-related fundraising efforts have raised more than $26 million for cancer research.
“On behalf of everyone at ESPN, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all who contributed to another successful ESPY Day,” said ESPN President John Skipper. “The creation of The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund made the fight against cancer even more personal for many at ESPN, and the generous support is a concrete demonstration of how together, we can make a difference in ending the battle.”
The fundraising total includes a $1.25 million grant from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Contributions on ESPY Day included $716,000 generated by the ESPN Radio ESPY Day Auction, $603,000 raised during the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards, $600,000 raised during the ESPY Golf Outing, $383,000 in public donations, $248,000 from the ESPN Football Fantasy Sweepstakes, $38,000 from eBay customers through its “Give at Checkout” program and $12,000 directly from ESPN employees.
“ESPY Day is a huge day for The V Foundation and for everyone affected by cancer,” said Susan Braun, CEO, The V Foundation. So many people hear the message about how research saves lives every day. And because of ESPN’s tremendous reach and generosity, a remarkable volume of funds are raised that we can invest in cancer research. It’s a win all the way around!”
ESPN Corporate Citizenship
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About The V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has awarded more than $130 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation’s endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit http://www.jimmyv.org.