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WC Raises Funds to Fight Alzheimer's

Women's Basketball Team and Sport Management Students Team Up for a Cure

February 26, 2014

Daniel Kelly (left) and Jerry Scheve display a check representing funds raised in support of the Pat Summitt Foundations battle against Alzheimer's disease.

Daniel Kelly (left) and Jerry Scheve display a check representing funds raised in support of the Pat Summitt Foundations battle against Alzheimer's disease.

Wilmington College women’s basketball team and sport management program teamed up earlier this month in the battle against Alzheimer’s.

The students exceeded their $1,000 goal by raising $1,177 in support of the Pat Summitt Foundation’s work in finding a cure for the disease.

Daniel G. Kelly II, director of sport management, credited the “amazing student-centered activity” for the fundraiser’s success. Also, he cited the service program as providing yet another dimension of the College’s opportunities for hands-on learning.

“I was proud of their diligence in learning such a practical skill in fundraising,” Kelly said. “I believe the experience of raising funds for such a worthwhile cause as the Pat Summitt Foundation will go a long way as the students prepare for transition from college to the professional working environment.”

Head women’s basketball coach Jerry Sheve concurred with Kelly’s assessment.

“Pat Summitt is the most successful women’s basketball coach of all time, and I am very honored that our team was used as a vehicle to help raise money to help find a cure for this devastating disease,” he said.

The Pat Summitt Foundation was founded by Pat and Tyler Summitt to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s so that one day no family has to hear that a loved one has been diagnosed with the disease. The Pat Summitt Foundation is fighting Alzheimer’s disease with a comprehensive approach, awarding grants to organizations that provide: research to treat, prevent, cure and ultimately eradicate this disease; education and awareness of Alzheimer's, its onset and treatment; and support services to patients, their families and caregivers.