Generals infielder Francisco Martinez, donning his UT Orange #54 jersey.
Aug. 2, 2012
JACKSON, Tenn. -- The Jackson Generals, the Double-A baseball affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, recently honored the most successful coach in NCAA basketball history and a true Tennessee legend with Pat Summitt Appreciation Night on July 28.
The event originally had been scheduled for July 13, but the game was rained out and finally replayed last Saturday night at Pringles Park.
Special "Tennessee Orange" Generals jerseys were worn by the players and auctioned off to support the Pat Summitt Foundation. Over $4,000 was raised in the auction, with all of the net proceeds going to The Pat Summitt Foundation to aid in Alzheimer's research and education. The auction was the most successful in the history of the Jackson Generals.
A tribute video to Summitt was shown before the Generals' game versus the Montgomery Biscuits. Summitt's tribute video from the 2012 ESPY Awards as well as her acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage also was shown prior to the post-game fireworks show.
The Pat Summitt Foundation makes grants to nonprofits that provide education and awareness of Alzheimer's, as well support services to patients, their families and caregivers. The Foundation also supports research to help treat, prevent, cure, and ultimately eradicate Alzheimer's disease. More information on the Pat Summitt Foundation can be found at www.patsummitt.org.
The all-time winningest coach in NCAA men's or women's basketball with 1,098 victories, Summitt stepped away from head coaching duties in April of 2012 after 38 seasons. She had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, in August of 2011. During her head coaching career, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships, 18 NCAA Final Fours and a combined 32 SEC regular season and tournament titles.