UNCASVILLE, Conn. (release) -- 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.”
You can donate and find out more about The Pat Summitt Foundation on Kara’s donation page at: http://patsummitt.org/teamlawson