Mitchell to donate $2 for every fan as Summitt tribute

Coach Matthew Mitchell has pledged to donate $2 for every fan who attends the Kentucky women’s next two home games as a tribute to his friend and mentor Pat Summitt and her battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Southeastern Conference has its annual “We Back Pat” initiative this week to raise awareness for victims of the disease, which includes the former Tennessee coaching legend. The Pat Summitt Foundation was launched in 2011 by Pat and Tyler Summitt after her diagnosis of early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type at the age of 59.

So Mitchell, through his Matthew Mitchell Foundation, will donate $2 for every fan in attendance for Thursday’s Alabama game and Sunday’s game against Arkansas at Memorial Coliseum. UK is averaging 7,553 fans a game, second most in the SEC behind only Tennessee. The Lady Vols average 11,402 per game.

“We want to help fight this horrible disease and the Big Blue Nation can help us by buying tickets to our next two home games or if you already have tickets, just show up!” Mitchell said. “We hope to sell out Memorial (capacity 8,000) on Thursday and Sunday and be able to donate over $30,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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