SEC games to support Pat Summitt Foundation

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Tennessee coach Pat Summitt walks off the court after the Lady Vols lost the NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final to Baylor on March 26 in Des Moines, Iowa. It was Summitt's 1,306th and last game as coach of the team that she led to eight national championships.

Photo by Charlie Neibergall, AP2012

ASSOCIATED PRESS Tennessee coach Pat Summitt walks off the court after the Lady Vols lost the NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional final to Baylor on March 26 in Des Moines, Iowa. It was Summitt's 1,306th and last game as coach of the team that she led to eight national championships.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — During 17 games in 14 cities across the Southeastern Conference this week, college basketball players will be showing their support for the Pat Summitt Foundation and encouraging awareness of Alzheimer's disease.

Leaders of the Pat Summitt Foundation, including Summitt, Board Chairman Jim Haslam and Director Patrick Wade, will hold a press conference Tuesday to describe the efforts this week to encourage fans to support the foundation and its grant-making mission to advance research for prevention and a cure.

During "We Back Pat" week, the games will include public address announcements and video endorsements about the foundation. Players will also be wearing "We Back Pat" T-shirts during warm-ups before the games.

The longtime Tennessee women's basketball coach announced in the summer of 2011 that she has early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

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Comments » 6

VOLindiana writes:

Glad to see people giving back to soemthing she devoted her life to. On a side note, this is the worst picture EVER for this article. Bad taste for the editor. Its not the losing part of it, its the fact it has nothing to do with the title of the article (SEC TO SUPPORT) least show a picture of her at an SEC game or something doing what she does in the SEC....winning

SummittsCourt writes:

This is a great cause for a great lady and ambassador for women's basketball.

Without Pat's efforts and the support of the UT administration women's basketball would not be where it is today.

wigmeister writes:

Kudos for Pat and the SEC. The editor is an idiot for using that picture. All those years of great winning pictures and this is what he came up with. He ought to be fired!

Rumblefish writes:

How long till the NCAA womens basketball trophy is renamed "The Summitt Trophy"??

Can't come soon enough.

lstbodeanvol writes:

VERY CLASSY for the most important woman in the history and future of Women's athletics...go LADY VOLS !!!

movol53 writes:

It only makes sense to name the trophy the Summitt; after all isn't that where every team tries to reach? The Summitt!!!!

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