The Southeastern Conference has launched several initiatives for the women’s tournament this week in Nashville, asking fans to support several charitable efforts that are close to home for some league coaches.
On Friday, fans are asked to wear purple to support the SEC’s We Back Pat initiative, which was started by former Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt and her fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The first 1,500 fans who arrive in purple will receive a “Fierce Courage” bracelet from Summitt’s foundation.
(This will present quite a quandary for Lady Vols fans on Friday should Louisiana State advance to face them in the quarterfinals.)
For the semifinals and finals, the SEC is encouraging fans to drop off new or gently used sneakers in support of Scouting for Shoes and INNERSOLE.
Drop-off boxes will be available at the main entrance of the Gwinnett Center. The first 500 fans to donate will receive a T-shirt.
INNERSOLE is a fund founded by South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley. It takes donations of new sneakers and provides them to children who are homeless or in need.