SEC announces several tourney initiatives

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.

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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