Jan. 3, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt women's basketball and the Southeastern Conference, in cooperation with its 12-member institutions announce "We Back Pat" Week, a week-long initiative focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and its fight against Alzheimer's disease.
During the week of January 15-22, SEC member institutions will support the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund during their home basketball games. During the 17 women's and 12 men's games slated for the week, various efforts will be made to increase awareness of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund. Twenty of these games will be televised.
Vanderbilt's home game is on the final day of the week, as they host South Carolina on Sunday, January 22. Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Gym. The game is also Vanderbilt's annual Jam the Gym promotion and all tickets cost just $1.
The Commodores will face Summitt and the Lady Vols to open the week on Sunday, January 15. That contest is set for 1:00 p.m. CT and can be seen on the SEC Network. Vanderbilt will also travel to Arkansas on Thursday, January 19 for a 7:00 p.m. CT tipoff.
"We are honored to join Pat and the Pat Summitt Foundation in the effort to educate and raise awareness about Alzheimer's and to ultimately help find a cure," Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said. "It is impossible to put into words what Pat has meant to all of us in the women's basketball community, but especially to her counterparts in the Southeastern Conference. Just as she has throughout her career, Pat continues to teach us life lessons about courage, grace and perseverance. We look forward to being part of such a worthy cause and extending our support to someone who continues to do so much for others."
"Pat Summitt is a leader both on and off the court. The establishment of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund only reiterates this point." said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "We are pleased that the Southeastern Conference can play a small part in helping Pat reach her goals for The Foundation Fund today and in the future."
The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund launched November 27, 2011 by Pat Summitt after her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type at the age of 59. In a videotaped statement shown during the announcement of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, Pat Summitt said, "Tyler and I have decided to join this battle, not just for us, but also for the millions of families affected by this disease. I have always told our players, our greatest opportunities are disguised as our greatest obstacles. It is time to treat this obstacle as an opportunity and a stepping stone to a cure."
The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund will make grants to nonprofits which provide:
Education and awareness of Alzheimer's, its onset and treatment
Support services to patients, their families and caregivers
Research to treat, prevent, cure, and ultimately eradicate this disease
About The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund
Pat Summitt and her supporters have entrusted The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to facilitate the charitable work of The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund. The Fund was established to support Pat Summitt's dream of finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.patsummitt.org.
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 800 charitable funds. In the past twenty years, The Community Foundation has distributed $530 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.