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Haslam, Manning will help lead Pat Summitt Foundation

7:05 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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Some big names have been selected to help guide the future of the Pat Summitt Foundation.

The former Lady Vol coach established the foundation in November 2011 to advance research for the prevention and cure of Alzheimer's disease. Summitt has early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

Pilot Corporation founder Jim Haslam II will chair the Pat Summitt Foundation's advisory board. He is the father of Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

The foundation also announced Tuesday that former Lady Vol Kara Lawson, who now plays for the WNBA and is a commentator for ESPN, and former Vol and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will serve as honorary co-chairs.

"It's not often you get the privilege of working with an icon, particularly on such an important goal. I am honored to be asked to chair the Pat Summitt Foundation Advisory Board and I look forward to working with Kara, Peyton and the other outstanding members of this Board," said Haslam.

"Almost every family is touched in some way by Alzheimer's disease and it is our mission to help find a cure as quickly as possible. You know, Pat Summitt has been a success at everything she has ever taken on and I truly believe her support will make a huge difference on the national platform for Alzheimer's."

Summitt's son, Marquette assistant women's basketball coach Tyler Summitt, is also on the 13-member board. 

Other board members named were: Dr. Jimmy Cheek, chancellor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Danielle Donehew, associate commissioner, Big East Conference; Dan W. Holbrook, attorney at law, Holbrook Peterson Smith PLLC; Dr. Joe E. Johnson, president emeritus, University of Tennessee; Brenda Lawson, founder, Brenda Lawson & Associates LLC; Michelle Marciniak, former Lady Vol All-American, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, SHEEX, Inc.; Dr. Ronald C. Petersen, director, Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center / Mayo Clinic Study of Aging; Betsy Roberts, retired women's associate athletics director of development, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Anne Sprouse, University of Tennessee Medical Center

"I am both humbled and pleased that each of these individuals have made a commitment to support The Pat Summitt Foundation and our mission to promote Alzheimer's awareness and to provide assistance by awarding grants to nonprofits providing support services for patients, their families and caregivers and to those conducting research," said Pat Summitt.

"As a former coach, I know that for a team to be successful, it is essential to recruit great leaders. I have every confidence that with this team of advisors surrounding and guiding Tyler and me that 'Together We Will Win'."

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