NCAA donates $50K to Pat Summitt Foundation

Tennessee's coach coach Pat Summitt, left, runs her teams practice session for the NCAA women's basketball tournament first round games in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 17, 2007. Tennessee plays Drake on Sunday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Pat Summitt Foundation received a memorial gift honoring the late coach from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The organization donated $50,000 to the non-profit. The foundation is hoping to raise $2.5 million over five years to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic. The clinic will be located at The University of Tennessee Medical Center and is set to open in December 2016.

“We are most grateful for this very generous contribution and express our appreciation to the NCAA leadership for their commitment in support of Pat’s mission to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said foundation executive director, Patrick Wade.  “This donation and all memorial gifts received since Pat’s passing on June 28, 2016, will help fund the clinic, which will increase The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s capacity for clinical trial research and to provide treatment and support to Alzheimer’s patients and their families in East Tennessee.”

Coach Summitt died earlier this month following a battle with Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that 110,000 people are living with the disease in Tennessee. Alzheimer’s is one of the leading causes of death and cannot be prevented, according to theAlzheimer’s Association.

“Pat Summitt embodied and defined what it means to coach at the intercollegiate level,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “As a leader, teacher and mentor we are forever grateful for her commitment to college athletics and we are humbled to donate on her behalf. We hope that with our help and the other gifts received, strides can be made in supporting those affected by this terrible disease.”

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