Manning films spot for Pat
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 7:00 pm
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Peyton Manning and Kara Lawson are taking part in a new commercial due out nationally this fall hoping to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and support the Pat Summitt Foundation’s push to find a cure.
Lawson filmed her scenes in the Lady Vols’ locker room on the Tennessee campus, while Manning shot his portion at Neyland Stadium in the locker room named for the quarterback. Summitt stopped by each session.
Summitt stepped down as the Tennessee women’s basketball coach in April 2012, months after announcing she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Summitt led Tennessee to eight national titles in 38 seasons, and her 1,098 career wins are the most by any Division I basketball coach. She remains on Tennessee’s staff as head coach emeritus.
• Tennessee’s athletic department is hoping to break even when the fiscal year ends June 30 according to a review at the university’s board of trustees meeting.
The department ran a deficit of $3.98 million a year ago, dropping financial reserves below $2 million. Officials cut the budget for 2012-13 from $105.9 million the year before. Officials said Wednesday they expect revenues between $96 and $97 million but must see the final expenses for the year.
Three consecutive losing seasons in football, and a decline in ticket sales and donations were cited for the revenue drop. Firing coach Derek Dooley last November cost a $5 million buyout, and new coach Butch Jones’s contract is worth $18.2 million.
• Tennessee will be well-represented by past, present and future members of the Big Orange track & field program this week, at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Four current members will be in action.
Seven former UT standouts and at least two signees will also compete.
The 2013 Championships serve as the selection event for the coveted spots to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships.
Current team members taking part in the senior portion of the meet include Lady Vol senior Nijgia Snapp, who enters the highly-competitive women’s 800-meter race. Freshman Felicia Brown will compete in both the 400m and 200m. Vol freshman pole vaulter Jake Blankenship will also compete at the senior level.
In the junior division, freshman thrower Cameron Brown will compete in the men’s hammer throw. Also competing in the Junior Championships, will be incoming Lady Vols Felecia Majors and Brielyn Rogers. Majors will compete in the 400m and long jump, Rogers the triple jump.
Published in The Messenger 6.20.13