Sunday, May 06, 2012

Summitt has mountain named in her honor

Today the highest peak on Jasper Mountain, Tenn., has a new name — Pat’s Summitt after legendary former Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt.

John “Thunder” Thornton, CEO of Thunder Enterprises, dedicated the peak on the new Jasper Highlands development to his long-time friend. In addition, Thunder Enterprises made a $50,000 donation to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

“Pat has touched many people’s lives both on and off the basketball court,” said Thornton. “I am honored to be able to name this peak after her. She is truly an inspiration to many.”

Summitt founded the organization in November 2011 to help other individuals who have been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, and their families. The Foundation offers education and awareness support services, and research to treat, prevent, cure and ultimately eradicate the disease.

“In 38 years, Pat never had a losing season with the Lady Vols, and I know if anyone can lead the fight against Alzheimer’s, it’s her,” said Thornton.

Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer was also on hand to show support for his long time colleague and friend.

"I think she's doing wonderfully right now," Fulmer said.

"I think everybody has to appreciate the honesty she had with the whole thing. She's taken a real tough situation and turned it into as positive as it can be. She's touched so many thousands and millions of lives over the years and she's raised the awareness like nobody else could perhaps in our entire country."

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