CLARKSVILLE, TN — “We Back Pat” shirts filled William Workman Gym for a special girls’ basketball game on Friday between La Vergne and Clarksville.
The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Wolverines 68-34, but more importantly, all proceeds from the game, T-shirts, and raffle – which allowed one lucky fan to win a basketball signed by the current Tennessee Lady Vols coaching staff – will be donated to the Pat Summitt Foundation to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. Summitt was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, and while the coaching legend that totaled 1,098 wins in her career was unable to attend, her family sat courtside throughout the contest.
“I do think what they’re trying to do will help in the long run,” Hazel Head, the mother of Summitt, said about finding a cure. “She’s not bad now, and we’re thankful, but she’s young. Most that have it are when they get older. But we just have to hope and pray that she’s going to wait a long time before she gets a lot worse.”
Kenneth Head, who graduated from Clarksville High School, said Summitt is doing “pretty good, but not great.” Head said they appreciate the support from everyone, and Pat does as well.