For the second year in a row Connecticut Sun guard Kara Lawson will be running in the NYRR Dash To The Finish Line 5K on Nov. 3 to raise money for the Pat Summitt Foundation. Here is the press release with the details
Connecticut Sun guard and former University of Tennessee
star Kara Lawson announced today she would once again participate in the ING
New York City Marathon Weekend, running in the 2nd annual NYRR Dash To The
Finish Line 5K on November 3rd to raise money for The Pat Summitt Foundation, a
fund of East Tennessee Foundation.
Lawson’s husband, Damien Barling, and a group of runners
from Knoxville and Connecticut will do their part the following day by running
26.2 miles in the ING New York City Marathon.
This is the second year Kara has participated in the
marathon festivities. Last year, Lawson raised close to $18,000 over a
four-week period in a similar campaign.
“I think it speaks to the impact Coach Summitt has had on
basketball,” said Lawson. “Not just at Tennessee and not just college, but
basketball as a whole. It also speaks to the level in which Alzheimer’s disease
has affected people. It’s deadly and it’s underfunded. The Pat Summitt
Foundation has done a magnificent job of setting up an organization that
directly funds research to help find a cure. I’m thankful I’m in a position to
help, even in a small way. We have a great team that’s going to run in New York
City and we’re really hoping to top last year’s donation amount.”
Last summer, former University of Tennessee women’s
basketball coach Pat Summitt revealed that she had been diagnosed with early
on-set dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Summitt stepped down from her coaching
position on April 18. Lawson was an All-American at Tennessee, playing for the
Lady Volunteers from 1999-2003.
“One of Kara's greatest strengths is her love to compete and
to better herself,” Summitt said. “I am very excited that Kara, Damien
and their team are representing The Pat Summitt Foundation in the ING New York
City Marathon. I sincerely thank Kara for her continuing commitment to help
raise awareness and funding to fight Alzheimer's disease. I will be
cheering for Kara and her team to have a great race!"
In May, Lawson announced she would donate $50 to The Pat
Summitt Foundation for every three-pointer she made during the WNBA season. The
Connecticut Sun Foundation and the Mohegan Tribe quickly matched the donation.
To date, Lawson has made 39 three-pointers, ranking second in the league.
“Last year’s campaign to run NYC and raise money in honor of
Coach Summitt was so successful we knew we had to do it again,” Lawson stated.
“Right before training camp started I had the idea to donate money to The Pat
Summitt Foundation for each three pointer I made. It’s been amazing the
overwhelming support we’ve gotten since the season started.”
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