Jan. 9, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 2014 "We Back Pat" week kicks off Sunday, Jan. 19, and concludes with a trio of Southeastern Conference women's college basketball games televised on ESPN2 and ESPNU. For the week's finale, Tennessee will travel to Texas A&M for a 3 p.m. ET matchup on ESPN2 while South Carolina will face Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Auburn will play Florida at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Lady Vols home game on Thursday, Jan. 23, will be Tennessee's "We Back Pat" game.
The week-long initiative honors former UT head coach Pat Summitt and focuses on bringing awareness and recognition to The Pat Summitt Foundation. The initiative includes 19 conference games January 19-26 and will promote the cause through in-arena PSAs, "We Back Pat" shooting shirts and several coaches and teams wearing the color purple.
Through the game telecasts, ESPN will honor Summitt's leadership on-and-off the court through storytelling and in-game graphics. espnW.com will have additional features relating to the legendary Tennessee coach.
Summitt and her son Tyler launched The Pat Summitt Foundation on November 27, 2011, after her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type at the age of 59.
Summitt was the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team from 1974 to 2012 and is now serves as head coach emeritus. At the helm for 38 seasons, she is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history for men's and women's teams and compiled an overall record of 1098-208. She won eight NCAA National Championships, earned 18 NCAA Final Four berths and captured 16 SEC regular-season and tournament titles. She boasts a 100 percent graduation rate for all student-athletes that fulfilled their eligibility at Tennessee.