Sam's Club locations in Knoxville will present a $20,000 donation to The Pat Summitt Foundation to help in the fight against early onset dementia.
Knoxville Sam's Club managers Tony Street and Marc Hayden will present the $20,000 check to Pat Summitt on Sunday, Jan. 20, during halftime of the Tennessee-Alabama women's basketball game. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Summitt is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history, leading the Lady Vols for 38 years and to eight NCAA titles before stepping down in 2012 due to the early onset of Alzheimer's disease. In 2011, Summitt founded The Pat Summitt Foundation, making it her mission to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
“I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for this generous grant from the Sam's Club stores in East Tennessee,” said Coach Summitt. “This gift is an investment that will help establish The Pat Summitt Foundation as a major contender in the battle against Alzheimer's disease as we seek to create a substantial pool of resources for strategic grants in our three focus areas of research, education and awareness and patient and caregiver support.”
Summitt’s 1,098 career coaching victories are the most for any coach, man or woman, and her eight NCAA titles is a record for women. She was named one of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time in any sport by the Sporting News in 2009, the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2012.