On Sunday, September 1, the New York Yankees will help the Alzheimer's Association launch Worldwide Alzheimer's Awareness Month.
Prior to Sunday's 1:05 p.m. game vs. Baltimore, the Yankees will host a pregame ceremony that will include former University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summitt and her son, Tyler Summitt. The pair received the 2012 Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award from the Alzheimer's Association for their courage and work with the Pat Summitt Foundation.
"My son, Tyler, and I want to thank the New York Yankees for stepping up in a big way to increase awareness and funding for the fight against Alzheimer's disease," said Summitt, who is the NCAA's all-time winningest basketball coach for men's or women's programs. "We are honored to have been invited to stand with them and the Alzheimer's Association to launch this month-long public awareness effort."
Joining Pat and Tyler on the field for the ceremony will be Alzheimer Association representatives, including President and CEO Harry Johns, Chief Strategy Officer Angela Geiger, Medical and Scientific Advisory Council Member Dr. Mary Sano and National Board of Director Scott Russell. Nicole Sexton from the Rita Hayworth Foundation will also take part.
Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 5 million Americans live with the disease and more than 15 million people provide care for those who have it.
Throughout the entire month of September at Yankee Stadium, a public service announcement featuring Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, first baseman Mark Teixeira and relief pitcher David Robertson will air during every home game to promote awareness.
Joining the Yankees in support of the cause are six other Major League Clubs - the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Los Angeles Dodgers - who are also holding events at their home stadiums during September.