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During the week of January 15-22, SEC member institutions will support The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.

Tuesday January 3, 2012SEC Launches "We Back Pat Week" to Support Pat Summitt's Fight Against Alzheimer's

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

During the week of January 15-22, SEC member institutions will support The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.

The Southeastern Conference in cooperation with its 12-member institutions announces “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.

 

“Pat Summitt is a leader both on and off the court. The establishment of The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund only reiterates this point.” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. “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.”

 

“We have the best conference in the country and anything we do in a unified way makes a strong statement,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “Raising awareness about Alzheimer’s is an important cause and it has become real personal to all of us in the SEC with the fight that Pat has. Although we’re all competitors, we’re a unique group of people who support each other and we’re all behind Pat in this battle she has ahead of her.”

 

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.

 

 

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