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SEC Launches “We Back Pat Week” to Support Pat Summitt’s Fight Against Alzheimer’s



Birmingham, Ala.—The “We Back Pat” initiative to raise awareness and funding for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease has spread beyond the Knoxville campus that is home to the Lady Vols, as the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday its plans to observe “We Back Pat” Week at men’s and women’s basketball games throughout the conference.

Legendary women’s basketball coach disclosed her own battle with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, at the age of 59, last summer on national TV, along with her own plans to continue coaching supported by accommodations arranged with the University of Tennessee and her coaching staff. Subsequently, on November 27, 2011, Summitt and her son Tyler launched the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to aid the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, Summitt has become the public face of the devastating disease and “We Back Pat” t-shirts and rally towels supporting the cause have become endemic at Tennessee women’s basketball events, and the university has designated three games expressly devoted to backing the cause.

Now, during the week of January 15-22, all 12 SEC member institutions will support the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund during their home basketball games. During the 17 women’s and 12 men’s games slated for the week, various efforts will be made to increase awareness of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund. Twenty of these games will be televised.

Birmingham, Ala.—The “We Back Pat” initiative to raise awareness and funding for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease has spread beyond the Knoxville campus that is home to the Lady Vols, as the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday its plans to observe “We Back Pat” Week at men’s and women’s basketball games throughout the conference.

Legendary women’s basketball coach disclosed her own battle with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, at the age of 59, last summer on national TV, along with her own plans to continue coaching supported by accommodations arranged with the University of Tennessee and her coaching staff. Subsequently, on November 27, 2011, Summitt and her son Tyler launched the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to aid the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, Summitt has become the public face of the devastating disease and “We Back Pat” t-shirts and rally towels supporting the cause have become endemic at Tennessee women’s basketball events, and the university has designated three games expressly devoted to backing the cause.

Now, during the week of January 15-22, all 12 SEC member institutions will support the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund during their home basketball games. During the 17 women’s and 12 men’s games slated for the week, various efforts will be made to increase awareness of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund. Twenty of these games will be televised.

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Originally published Tue, January 03, 2012


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.