Peyton Manning makes $500,000 donation to Pat Summitt Foundation
Patrick Wade, the director of the Pat Summitt Foundation confirmed the generous donation by Peyton Manning and He added that it was the largest grant contribution that has been made to the foundation since it was first established in November 2011.
Peyton Manning also has a role as honorary co-chair to the Pat Summitt Foundation’s advisory board alongside former Tennessee women’s basketball player and current WNBA guard Kara Lawson; while Jim Haslam II served as Pilot Corporation founder of the project.
The Pat summit Foundation was started by University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who was diagnosed with early onset dementia – the Alzheimer's type – in August 2011, while she was still 58-years-old. It encouraged Pat Summitt to start the foundation three months later. Despite the diagnoses, Pat Summitt continued the college basketball season, eventually retiring last April as head coach emeritus of the Tennessee women’s basketball team.
Pat Summit remained the Tennessee women’s basketball coach from 1974 to 2012, during which the former Tennessee standout Peyton Manning played college football there. His wife also attended Tennessee during the stretch. Pat Summit went 1,098-208 with the Tennessee Titans, winning the title of college basketball's all-time winningest coach, while winning eight national championships with her team in 38 seasons.
According to the Pat Summitt Foundation’s website, the donation made by Peyton Manning will go towards education and public awareness efforts about Alzheimer's, providing support services to patients, their families and caregivers. The donation will be also used towards advancing research to one day find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.