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.