Lawson Pledges To Pat Summitt Foundation

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (May 20, 2012) – Connecticut Sun guard and former University of Tennessee star Kara Lawson announced today she will be donating $50 for every three-pointer she makes this season to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

Summitt, the legendary coaching figure who guided the Tennessee women’s basketball program to 1,098 wins and eight national championships recently announced she was stepping down from her post after 38 seasons at the helm of the Lady Vols. Last August 11th, Summitt revealed she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

“Pat continues to be an inspiration to everyone,” said Lawson, who graduated from Tennessee in 2003. “The Pat Summitt Foundation is another example of her putting others first to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's. I'm excited to, once again, join her team and I am prepared to fight right alongside her. I promise to let the threes fly this season for our team and for a cure."

In response to Lawson’s gesture, the Connecticut Sun Foundation has announced it will match her donations this season.

“This is a cause that is very important to Kara, and we want to support her efforts while also contributing to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” Connecticut Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. “Pat’s remarkable courage and determination in the face of such a daunting challenge should serve as an inspiration to all of us.”

Lawson graduated from Tennessee as one of the premier three-point shooters in program history, and she has continued to be an efficient long-range shooter in the WNBA. She made 55 threes last season, and she entered the 2012 season ranked ninth all-time in league history with 433 made threes. Among players in the Top 10, she ranked No. 1 in shooting percentage (.390) as the season began.

“I am honored that Kara Lawson has made a commitment to donate to the Pat Summitt Foundation for each three-point shot she makes during the current WNBA season,” Summitt said. “Kara’s genuine and giving spirit is inspiring. I know she’s been in the gym and hope she’s been getting lots of reps behind the three-point line! I will be cheering for her as she provides an assist for us in the fight against Alzheimer’s and its related dementias.”

The Pat Summitt Foundation seeks to raise awareness of Alzheimer's, not just so its symptoms can be treated but so, like Polio, it can be eradicated. Through her Foundation, Summitt is also hoping to make the path easier for the now more than 5.5 million current Alzheimer's patients and the 15 million more family caregivers - like her beloved son, Tyler - who are loving their way through this ultimate challenge: life with a disease that has no treatment and no cure. She is committed to fighting at the local level and national level by focusing on awareness, advocacy, and research. For more information, visit http://patsummitt.org.