Peyton, Ashley Manning donate $500,000 to Pat Summitt Foundation

Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning, right, presents Pat Summitt with the Arthur Ashe courage award onstage at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. At left is Tyler Summitt. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

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Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning, right, presents Pat Summitt with the Arthur Ashe courage award onstage at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Los Angeles. At left is Tyler Summitt. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, are donating $500,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

CBS-TV reporter Lesley Visser announced the gift from the former University of Tennessee quarterback and his wife at the conclusion of a taped interview Saturday with Summitt, the Lady Vols head coach emeritus.

Patrick Wade, the Foundation’s director, said in a press release that the Mannings’ gift is the largest gift announcement made to Summitt’s foundation since its founding in November 2011.

All funds received go toward advancing research for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, providing support services for patients and caregivers, and building education and public awareness.

Summitt announced in August of 2011 that she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She stepped down last April after 38 seasons as the Tennessee women’s basketball coach.

Manning, the quarterback of the Denver Broncos, also serves as one of the Foundation’s Advisory Board’s honorary co-chairs.

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ivyvol writes:

Yesss!!

tomkats3242 writes:

Now that is a true Tennessee Volunteer. No one else has class like the Mannings. I dare someone to beat his donation. Wish I could. Thanks Peyton and Ashley.

murphy writes:

The Mannings are a class act.

Banner writes:

Class act! Most former UT Athletes feel like UT owes them something. The greatest of them all shows us why he is the greatest. This guy is in a league of his own. Todd Helton and others take notes.

ccjs writes:

How wonderful! Good for the Mannings and for Pat.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to Banner:

Class act! Most former UT Athletes feel like UT owes them something. The greatest of them all shows us why he is the greatest. This guy is in a league of his own. Todd Helton and others take notes.

False. Most Auburn athletes feel like Auburn owes them something. I have yet to hear of any former UT athletes throwing their school under the bus.

BruisedOrange writes:

When Peyton passes a team physical, everybody wins!

(Well, except maybe Oakland... and KC, and San Diego, etc.)

tovolny writes:

Okay, Bank of America, Texas Instruments, Microsoft, Apple, Nissan, Coke, Pepsi, Ford, GM, Exxon/Mobile, BP, IBM, etc., etc. this seems like a good time to put some money out on this dreadful disease.

Thanks Peyton and Ashley...thank you, thank you, thank you.

BxVol writes:

Thank you Peyton and Ashley, as my family and so many others that I personally know have been affected by Alzheimer`s disease.

Banner writes:

in response to WetumpkaThumpa:

False. Most Auburn athletes feel like Auburn owes them something. I have yet to hear of any former UT athletes throwing their school under the bus.

False? How many former UT Athletes step up like this guy? Name them? That is what I thought!

What does blowing the whistle with NCAA have to do with former players giving back to their university? Get a clue.

Slats writes:

Peyton & Pat Summit are both class acts! Tennessee has been blessed to have both of them!

ALL TENNESSEE FANS LOVE YOU BOTH!

My Daughter named my Grandson Peyton so that is a special name in our house! If she had a girl she was going to name it Pat!

bretticus25#294810 writes:

I hate Alzheimer's second to cancer, and more than strokes. God bless those who give to cure these illnesses.

knoxknothead writes:

Peyton is in a class by himself

rstoller#627902 writes:

Alzheimer's Tennessee is the best way to help people in our area with Alzheimer's disease. God Bless the Manning's for their generous gift!

murrayvol writes:

Peyton Manning - The gift that keeps on giving.

RockyTopVolFan writes:

Thank you Peyton & Ashley!

rb4346 writes:

in response to Banner:

Class act! Most former UT Athletes feel like UT owes them something. The greatest of them all shows us why he is the greatest. This guy is in a league of his own. Todd Helton and others take notes.

I second that my friend.

govols26 writes:

Truly a class act. Very very generous gift from an all around good person. Not a bad athlete either...

MissUT writes:

Peyton and Ashley Manning are indeed generous and caring people, as is Pat Summitt. They are all class acts and we should be so proud of the way they support and represent all things Tennessee.
This particular donation is not for Tennessee, but is for the Pat Summitt foundation. I don't think it's fair to compare their level of giving with other former players, some of whom may want to remain anonymous or may not want to be so public. I'm sure the Foundation welcomes all donations, large and small.
Peyton and Ashley are special people who have a very special relationship with Pat. I'm sure Pat is thrilled with their generous donation. Calling out other players seems a little crass to me.

PeytonWM18 writes:

Class with a capital "C"...this is Peyton Manning (and his wonderful wife, Ashley).

Peyton and Pat both make me so proud to be a UTK alumnus.

God Bless the Mannings and Summitts!

1998 writes:

If Peyton were ever to run for president, Id vote for him, no questions asked.

Nighthawk writes:

May his gift be the dollars that find the cure. God bless, Peyton, Ashley, Pat.

neelysmom writes:

in response to WetumpkaThumpa:

False. Most Auburn athletes feel like Auburn owes them something. I have yet to hear of any former UT athletes throwing their school under the bus.

Is it really necessary to turn this wonderful donation by the Mannings into an SEC pissing contest?!?! Grow up!

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

in response to murphy:

The Mannings are a class act.

Yes! YES! Yes!!!!!! We need a few more like the Manning'

shoelessvol#236864 writes:

In the tradition of a "Volunteer" Peyton Manning is the Class of Tennessee!!

formervol1950s writes:

in response to Banner:

Class act! Most former UT Athletes feel like UT owes them something. The greatest of them all shows us why he is the greatest. This guy is in a league of his own. Todd Helton and others take notes.

Where ever you live it's not far enough !

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

PM and his wife are real heroes for this kind gift..Thank you both, true Volunteers..

murphy writes:

Maybe some of you know of the waiting room area at the cancer center of what used to be St. Mary's North. It was also donated by Peyton and Ashley.

gObama writes:

Class act, but this is just one of many class acts of donations/community service by Peyton and the entire Manning clan.

With the very brief exception of his refusal to shake Drew Brees' hand after the 2010 SuperBowl, I have always found Peyton to be a class act in everything he does, both on or off the field. I would love to see him become head coach or AD at UT someday.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

"TennesseeFootball" The Peyton Manning Years. It seems to me that they should rewrite the book and add a chapter based solely on his and Ashley's generosity.

The_Power_T writes:

You couldn't ask for a better representative of a school than Peyton Manning. It's guys like that that make me darn proud to be a Tennessee Vol!

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