(Nov. 2012 – Knoxville) — Tennessee Women’s Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt attended the Knoxville Alzheimer’s Tennessee WALK Tip Off Celebration, and as part of the program, Coach Summitt had the honor to announce and present her foundation’s inaugural grants just one year after the foundation was formed.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee and the Cole Neuroscience Center at UT Medical Center each received grants of $28,000.
“It is a pleasure to be able to give back to our community through the Pat Summitt Foundation,” said Coach Summitt. “With grants being released today to the University of Tennessee Medical Center and Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Tyler and I share the honor of assisting some of our own right here in East Tennessee that are living with Alzheimer’s and its related dementias. Our thanks go out to all that have given of their resources to make this possible and to help others in our community cope with this disease.”
“On behalf of Alzheimer’s Tennessee, we are honored to receive one of the first grants to be awarded by the Pat Summitt Foundation,” Alzheimer’s Tennessee Executive Director Janice Wade-Whitehead said. “Alzheimer’s Tennessee along with the University of Tennessee Medical Center greatly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the ‘We Back Pat’ campaign.”
Alzheimer’s Tennessee plans to utilize the funds to help purchase a van to make their services more accessible in our community.
”Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s observation as documented by the Tennessee Commission on Aging is that transportation is the number one barrier to services for seniors and the Alzheimer’s community,” Alzheimer’s Tennessee Executive Director Janice Wade-Whitehead shared.
“Alzheimer’s Tennessee offers a rich spectrum of programs including support groups, caregiver training and an award-winning adult day center program called Howard Circle of Friends. We know a van will help families facing Alzheimer’s connect with much-needed support, and we are delighted that the Pat Summitt Foundation has in every sense of the word recognized that ‘where the rubber meets the road’ is the first place to start with expanding critical services,” Wade-Whitehead added.
The Alzheimer’s Tennessee Adult Day Program called Howard Circle of Friends is now celebrating its fifth anniversary. The center that operates in partnership with Mt. Calvary Baptist Church gives family caregivers the opportunity to take a break or go to work while their loved ones enjoy fun, therapeutic activities in a safe environment.
About The Pat Summitt Foundation
The Pat Summitt Foundation, A Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat Summitt in November 2011. Dedicated to winning the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, its mission as a grant-making foundation is to advance research for prevention and a cure; to provide hope, care, and critical support for patients, caregivers and families; and to educate the public on the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and the urgent need for a cure.
Pat Summitt, her family and friends have chosen East Tennessee Foundation to receive and manage contributions to Pat’s Fund, and to facilitate their grant-making in support of the mission. To learn more about the Foundation visit the website at www.patsummitt.org.