Monday, August 4, 2008

Lady Vols' Summitt donating $600K to university

The highest paid woman in college sports is using her $1 million-plus salary to re-invest in her program as well as the school's general scholarship fund.

I have long been a fan of Pat Summit, and this move is just another reason why she is beloved at Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)-- Coach Pat Summitt will donate $600,000 to the University of Tennessee to be shared by the Knoxville and Martin campuses.

A spokeswoman for Tennessee athletics says the donation will go to support the women's basketball programs at both campuses and includes a $100,000 endowed scholarship for a Lady Vols basketball graduate assistant in honor of Summitt's parents, Richard and Hazel Head.

Summitt has spent 34 seasons as the Lady Vols coach, leading the program to an unprecedented eight national championships. She played basketball and volleyball at Tennessee-Martin.

Two other coaches have made similar contributions. Men's coach Bruce Pearl endowed the Dane Bradshaw Scholarship Endowment in March 2007 and football coach Phillip Fulmer announced in August 2007 a $1 million gift for academics and athletics.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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