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ISU Women's Basketball "Backs Pat;" Women In Sports Day

January 21, 2014

NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois State Athletics Department and Redbird women’s basketball team are proud to support the Pat Summitt Foundation in its efforts to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, by hosting a “We Back Pat” game Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:05 p.m., at Redbird Arena, as ISU welcomes Missouri State to Doug Collins Court.

As a part of the We Back Pat event, the Bloomington office of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Illinois will have a table on the arena concourse, where fans advocate for research for the disease. The Pat Sumitt Foundation was started by Sumitt and her son Tyler. Her record of 1,098-208 ranks as the most wins ever recorded, in any division, by an NCAA basketball coach. After serving as the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols from 1974-2012, she elected to retire early when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. 

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is also recognized on Jan. 27. To celebrate this day, free admission will be granted to all girls in 8th-grade or below. To receive free admission, girls must enter through the North or East entrances of Redbird Arena. In conjunction to the nationally recognized day, ISU Athletics will be collecting shoes for the Gulu GO! Project. A project designed to benefit young women and children located in the Northern Uganda region. Fans are asked to bring new or gently-used tennis shoes to benefit the young women in need in Gulu, Uganda, so that they may have the opportunity to participate in basketball camps.  

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