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SEC, member schools donate $100,000 to Pat Summitt fund for Alzheimer’s research

Jun 7, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

MikeSlive AP

The Southeastern Conference and its member schools have come together to donate $100,000 to Pat Summitt’s Foundation Fund, which was set up to raise money for research to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Summitt stepped down as the head coach of Tennessee’s women’s basketball team and assumed the role of head coach emeritus in April. She coached in Knoxville for 38 years.

She revealed in August that she has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

Over the course of her career, she won eight national championships and qualified for the Final Four 18 times.

Since her retirement, she has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian.

In addition, women’s coaches in the SEC voted unanimously to continue “We Back Pat Week,” which raises awareness for Summitt’s cause.

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  1. mrlaloosh - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    All these SEC schools swimming in cash could only come up with $100,000?
    I guess its better than nothing.

    • florida727 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      I was kind of thinking the same thing. $100K doesn’t seem like much, relatively speaking, but then again, if they donated $5 million, people might think “heck, they have what they need, I can donate my money somewhere else”. Hopefully what they do is continue an ongoing donation program to the fund to continually encourage others to give, and raise awareness, similar to what ESPN does every year for the V Foundation for cancer research.

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