Pat Summitt Foundation Expresses Appreciation to the SEC & Its Member Institutions


“We Back Pat” Week Will Raise Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease Needs

Knoxville, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2014 - Officials at The Pat Summitt Foundation expressed today their appreciation to the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Commissioner Mike Slive and all its member institutions for their support of the organization’s mission. They noted that the SEC in cooperation with its 14- member institutions has for the third year organized a “We Back Pat” Week. The week-long initiative is focused on bringing awareness and recognition to The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, and its fight against Alzheimer’s disease. 

During the week of January 19-26, SEC member institutions will offer support of The Pat Summitt Foundation during their home basketball games. At every SEC women’s basketball game – 19 games in 13 cities – a variety of efforts including promotional public address announcements and video endorsements will help to increase awareness of the foundation and its mission. The Foundation offers the sale of “We Back Pat” t-shirts and wristbands as well as a number of autographed and specialty items on their website at 

ESPN has also announced that three Southeastern Conference (SEC) women’s college basketball games across ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, Jan. 26, will honor former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt as part of the SEC’s “We Back Pat” initiative. No. 10 South Carolina will face Vanderbilt on ESPN2 and Auburn will play Florida on ESPNU – both at 2 p.m. – followed by No. 8 Tennessee against Texas A&M at 4 p.m., also on ESPN2.

"I am again honored and humbled that the Southeastern Conference schools are continuing to support the work of the Pat Summitt Foundation's fight against Alzheimer's. This annual SEC "We Back Pat" week brings great public awareness for our cause and helps raise funds for research, patient services and education,” said Foundation co-founder Pat Summitt.

“I want to thank the SEC and all the member institutions who are participating along with ESPN for their support. It means so much to Tyler and me that you have again joined us in our efforts. Together We Will Win."

About The Pat Summitt Foundation 
The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat Summitt in November 2011. Dedicated to winning the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, its mission as a grant-making foundation is to advance research for prevention and a cure; to provide hope, care, and critical support for patients, caregivers and families; and to educate the public on the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and the urgent need for a cure. Pat Summitt, her family and friends have chosen East Tennessee Foundation to receive and manage contributions to Pat’s fund, and to facilitate their grantmaking in support of the mission. To learn more visit the website at

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