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Memphis head coach Josh Pastner, Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin and Donovan (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

Wednesday October 2, 2013Billy Donovan and Jimmy V Classic Coaches Honored at Annual V Foundation Dinner

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Memphis head coach Josh Pastner, Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin and Donovan (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

With the Gators slated to play in this year's Jimmy V Classic, Florida head coach Billy Donovan was honored along with the other participating coaches as the V Foundation for Cancer Research and Team ESPN hosted the 19thJimmy V Classic Dinner on Wednesday at Gotham Hall in New York City.

"Certainly being from New York and following Iona as a young kid, I always knew of Jim Valvano," Donovan said. "To see what he went through and what he had to struggle with, and to see what The V Foundation has been able to do, not only raising a lot of money but bringing awareness to cancer; it’s really impressive...The one thing with Jim that always stood out to me was he really made it fun to coach. He loved the game, he loved his teams, he always enjoyed being around it. He had a tremendous personality, he always had great enthusiasm and passion for life.”

Florida takes on Memphis at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 17 to conclude ESPN's Jimmy V Week. Last season, Jimmy V Week raised over $1.5 million for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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