Pat Summitt Foundation awards first grants

Pat Summitt Foundation awards first grants

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Pat Summitt presented $28,000 checks from her foundation to Alzheimer's Tennessee and the Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Pat Summitt presented $28,000 checks from her foundation to Alzheimer's Tennessee and the Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Pat Summitt meets with attendees at the tip off celebration. Pat Summitt meets with attendees at the tip off celebration.
Summitt said she hadn't heard about the petition to name the woman's basketball championship trophy after her, but seemed pleased at the thought. Summitt said she hadn't heard about the petition to name the woman's basketball championship trophy after her, but seemed pleased at the thought.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After her diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, Pat Summitt started her own foundation to fund research, education and support for patients and their families living with this deadly disease.

Just one year later, the foundation has awarded its first two grants.

"It's great to be here. I appreciate everyone coming out," Summitt greeted a crowd of her supporters at the tip off celebration for the Knoxville Alzheimer's Tennessee WALK coming up in April.

The Head Coach Emeritus presented $28,000 checks from her foundation to Alzheimer's Tennessee and the Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

"It means an awful lot to me. My grandmother had Alzheimer's. It's kind of run in the family. Just having everybody here and listening to everyone, I feel like I've got a good game plan," Summitt said.

Meanwhile an online petition is gaining ground, asking the NCAA to name the women's basketball championship trophy in her honor. 

"I really have no direct connection to Tennessee other than being a giant Pat Summitt fan," said Megan Netland, who started the petition at change.org.

"I think what she has done for women's sports and for basketball and in life is incredible," she said.

Summitt told us she hadn't heard about the petition, but seemed pleased at the thought.

"If that's what people want to do, then let them go!" she said with a smile.

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