Friday, December 20, 2013

Lausanne Lynx back Pat

 Article from Commercial Appeal

Friday's girls basketball game between Nashville Father Ryan and Lausanne will be a "We Back Pat" game to raise money and awareness for the Pat Summitt Foundation, which fights Alzheimer's disease.

Summitt, the legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011. The game will be the first of its kind in West Tennessee.
The Lausanne-Summitt connection dates back to 1993 when Lausanne coach Lesa Mears was coaching at Harding and took her team to play in an AAU tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. Summitt was recruiting Mears' star player, Nikki White, who opted to sign with Kansas instead.

White is now Mears' assistant at Lausanne.

Both Lausanne and Father Ryan will wear purple "We Back Pat" T-shirts. Bracelets with the foundation's "Fierce Courage" motto will be handed out and there will be a half-court shooting contest at halftime with prizes including a basketball autographed by Summitt and autographed copies of her book.

The game is part of the Lynx Holiday Classic, which concludes Saturday at Lausanne. Below is a full schedule.

6 p.m.: Nashville Father Ryan girls vs. Lausanne (We Back Pat game)
7:30 p.m.: Brighton vs. Lausanne
9 p.m.: Little Rock McClellan vs. Chattanooga Tyner

2:30 p.m.: Kirby vs. Brighton
4 p.m.: Chattanooga Tyner vs. Whitehaven
5:30 p.m.: Little Rock McClellan vs. Bartlett
7 p.m.: Grenada-Miss. vs. Lausanne

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