Before Michelle Marciniak decided to get on a bike to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, she estimated the farthest she had ever pedaled was 25 miles. In September, the former Lady Vol point guard will join the Pedal for Pat peloton for 1,098 miles across five states in 12 days.
Pedal for Alzheimer’s announces a generous donation of $50,000 from former Lady Vol MVP and Hall of Famer Michelle Marciniak. This donation was given in memory of her beloved basketball coach and mentor, the late-legendary coach Pat Summitt.
Marciniak’s generous donation will enable Pedal for Alzheimer’s to further its mission of spreading awareness for Alzheimer’s disease through fundraising events like Pedal for Pat. This 1098-mile, 12-day endurance cycling event will feature a team of Summitt Cyclists who will pedal in honor of Summitt’s career NCAA wins.
“I witnessed the most powerful woman and coach in the world suffer and be taken from this earth because of Alzheimer’s and I have made it one of my life’s missions to continue her fight through raising funds and spreading awareness,” Michelle Marciniak said. “I am honored to continue her legacy by supporting the mission of Pedal for Alzheimer’s in this way as we fight this disease together. To this day, the most common question I am asked is, ‘what was it like playing for Pat Summitt’? Even after playing for Pat nearly 30 years ago, I still hear her voice in my head. She made an impact like no other.”
Pedal for Alzheimer’s is thrilled to host the Pedal for Pat cycling event September 11-22, 2023. The team will pedal in five states and stop by some of the South’s finest universities to honor Summitt’s legacy and spread awareness for Alzheimer’s.
“The organization is grateful for the commitment and generosity from Michelle,” Josh Crisp, Board President said. “Gifts like this allow the organization to carry out its mission of raising funds for Alzheimer’s research, education, support, and care.”
In addition to her renowned basketball career, Marciniak has shown immense compassion and dedication to making a positive difference in the world. Her donation in memory of Pat Summitt reflects the profound impact that the legendary coach had not only on her life but on the lives of countless others.
Show your support by participating in the upcoming Pedal for Pat charity cycling event or by making a donation today at PedalforPat.info. Learn how you can join the Summitt Cyclists, or pedal for one or more days with the team. Visit pedalforpat.info for details.