Pat Summitt Foundation Expresses Appreciation to the SEC & Its Member Institutions; 2017 Annual We Back Pat Week Continues to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness


Officials of The Pat Summitt Foundation expressed today their appreciation to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and all its member institutions for their support of the organization’s mission.  They noted that for the sixth consecutive year the SEC, in cooperation with its 14- member institutions, has 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 16th – 23rd SEC member institutions will offer support of The Pat Summitt Foundation during their home basketball games. At every SEC women’s basketball game 20 games in 14 cities – a variety of efforts including promotional public address announcements and video endorsements will help to increase awareness of the foundation and its mission. 

Foundation executive director Patrick Wade noted, “It is both heartwarming and bittersweet that in the same year of her passing, Pat’s dream of making a difference in this disease has been fulfilled with the opening of The Pat Summitt Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.” 

“The SEC, its 14 member institutions, and fans across the country have played a key role in helping make The Pat Summitt Clinic a reality. We Back Pat Week provides The Pat Summitt Foundation an opportunity to express our appreciation and to celebrate what we are accomplishing together in honor of Pat.”  

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