Aug 29, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pat Summitt Foundation officials announced Thursday that their founder Pat Summitt was invited by the New York Yankees organization to be their guest on Sunday for the home game against Baltimore. Summitt will attend with her son, Tyler, and participate with representatives of the national Alzheimer's Association & the New York Yankees in the pregame launch of 2013 Worldwide Alzheimer's Awareness month.
Summitt expressed gratitude to the Yankees for their efforts with this event saying, "My son, Tyler, and I want to thank the New York Yankees for stepping up in a big way to increase awareness and funding for the fight against Alzheimer's disease. We are honored to have been invited to stand with them and the Alzheimer's Association to launch this month's long public awareness effort."
In 2012 the Alzheimer's Association presented Pat Summitt and Tyler Summitt with the Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award for their work. The award is described by the organization as one that "pays tribute to the spirit of compassion and generosity emblematic of the Shrivers, who dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others and honors an individual, organization or company whose actions have promoted greater understanding of Alzheimer's disease and its effects on diagnosed individuals, families and caregivers."
Throughout the month of September 2013 other Major League Baseball teams are following the Yankees' lead and will hold Alzheimer's awareness events in their home stadiums. Teams participating to date include the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox.
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 grantmaking in support of the mission. To learn more visit the website at www.patsummitt.org; like us on Facebook.com/patsummittfoundation; follow on Twitter: @WeBackPat.