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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lawson looking to aid her former coach

Not that Kara Lawson, one of the best 3-point shooters in the WNBA, needs a reason to fire away during Connecticut Sun games but for good measure, she now has a little more motivation.

Lawson has pledged $50 to the Pat Summitt Foundation for every 3-pointer she makes this season and the Sun will match her pledge.

"Coach has been a big mentor for me since I was 18 years old," Lawson said before Sunday's game against the New York Liberty. "Everybody in the women's basketball community has been affected by her being diagnosed.

"It is a performance incentive, kind of a win/win situation when you get an opportunity to hopefully play as well as you can and do something that is my job to do and that is to shoot 3's and raise money for her foundation which they are still trying to build. It is for a good cause (Alzheimer's research). I am really thankful to the Sun organization to match dollar for dollar everything that I donate. I think that says everything about the character of the organization and the outpouring of support from people here. I have heard of lot from the people in Connecticut since Coach has been diagnosed."

Lawson could only chuckle when asked what Summitt's reaction was when Lawson told her of her decision.

"I haven't told her yet," Lawson said. "It's a good idea, I guess. I should probably call her. The cat's out of the bag now."

Lawson said she talked to Summitt, who recently stepped down as Tennessee's coach as she continue to battle against early-onset dementia.

"She is always normal, the same and wanted to know when we are going to come down and visit, wants to talk about basketball, the WNBA season and what is going on down there." Lawson said of Summitt. "It is normal conversation you would have with a friend if you call your friend that likes sports. We might talk about the NBA playoffs."

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