Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo taped a "Don't ever give up" video for the V Foundation and ESPYs that has been playing on ESPN.com.
Izzo and Adreian Payne, one of his star players on Michigan State's 2014 Sweet Sixteen team now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, befriended Lacey Holsworth during the 8-year-old's battle with cancer. Payne was Holsworth's favorite player and they spent time together throughout her treatments. Holsworth passed away shortly after the 2014 season.
The story gained national attention, and ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale has raised money in Holsworth's name through his efforts with the V Foundation. The V Foundation, named for Jim Valvano, is part of the ESPYs program.