The Pat Summitt Foundation Expresses Thanks to NCAA for $50,000 Memorial Gift to Support The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic
Officials of The Pat Summitt Foundation today express appreciation to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for their generous memorial gift of $50,000 given in honor of Pat Summitt. The contribution will go toward fulfilling the foundation’s commitment to raise $2.5 million over five years to help establish The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in December 2016.
“We are most grateful for this very generous contribution and express our appreciation to the NCAA leadership for their commitment in support of Pat’s mission to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said foundation executive director, Patrick Wade. “This donation and all memorial gifts received since Pat’s passing on June 28, 2016, will help fund the clinic, which will increase The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s capacity for clinical trial research and to provide treatment and support to Alzheimer’s patients and their families in East Tennessee.”
Coach Summitt served as The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Women’s Basketball Head Coach for 38 seasons and became the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history for men’s and women’s teams with 1098 wins, eight national championships and 32 Southeastern Conference tournament and regular season championships. She also held the distinction of a 100% graduation rate for the 161 Lady Vol student athletes who completed their eligibility at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
In August 2011, at the age of 59, she bravely announced her diagnosis of early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She founded The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, in November 2011, with the mission of making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by advancing research for a cure and providing education and caregiving services for patients and their families.
“Pat Summitt embodied and defined what it means to coach at the intercollegiate level,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “As a leader, teacher and mentor we are forever grateful for her commitment to college athletics and we are humbled to donate on her behalf. We hope that with our help and the other gifts received, strides can be made in supporting those affected by this terrible disease.”