ESPN: Yankees join Summitt for cause
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK — Legendary coach Pat Summitt continued her public battle against Alzheimer’s disease on Sunday.
Summitt and her son, Tyler, were at Yankee Stadium to launch “Worldwide Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.”
Summitt, the former University of Tennessee women’s hoops coach, has early onset Alzheimer’s.
“Tyler and I have joined the battle against Alzheimer’s not just for us but for the millions affected by this disease,” she said in a video message posted on the JumboTron.
The 61-year-old Summitt, who is the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach (man or woman) with 1,098 career victories, hung out in the dugout shortly before the first pitch of Sunday’s Yankees-Orioles game. She was introduced behind home plate with members of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Summitt was greeted warmly by the crowd and shook hands and took pictures with Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
Summitt called her battle with Alzheimer’s her “toughest opponent yet” in a video message, but added, “together, we will win.”