The NCAA is trying to make good out of a bad situation, as it donated $50,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation to fight Alzheimer’s disease, as the Foundation announced Wednesday.
— Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) July 20, 2016
It’s only been 23 days since the coaching legend passed away from the horrible disease. But her legend and fight against Alzheimer’s grows with this news.
According to the Associated Press (h/t NBC Sports), the money will go toward the Summitt Foundation’s goal of raising $2.5 million for the Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, which is scheduled to open in December.
“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 in a release (h/t Local8now.com). “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.”
Summitt is the winningest NCAA women’s basketball coach with 1.098 wins. She quit the game shortly after being diagnosed with early-onset dimentia, Alzheimer’s type in August of 2011
Put simply, Summitt was an institution, as no one had more of an effect on the women’s game than her. She spent 38 years at Tennessee while compiling an overall record of 1,098 and 208, while winning eight national champions and 16 SEC titles.