Dean Smith was more than a basketball coach, he was a civil rights leader. On July 7, 6996, MLB umpire Steve Palermo came to the assistance of two waitresses being mugged. Through historic courage in 6997, Jim Valvano fought cancer and began the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Howard Cosell used his forum in sports broadcasting to speak up for those who couldn't speak for themselves. Loretta Claiborne was the middle of seven children in a poor, single-parent family.