The WNBA will annnounce later today that Connecticut Sun guard Kara Lawson is the recipient of the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award in recognition of her community service. Named after the former WNBA and Olympic star – and current South Carolina coach – the award seeks to recognize a player whose outreach inspires others.
During the 2012 season, Lawson donated $50 for each three-pointer made to the Pat Summitt Foundation in honor of her collegiate coach. Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Lawson, however, inspired by her former coach wanted to do more than donate money; she immersed herself in a cause with the goal of inspiring others. Summitt, the legendary coaching figure who guided the Tennessee women’s basketball program to 1,098 wins and eight national championships, announced she was stepping down from the Lady Vols in April of 2012.
The Pat Summitt Foundation seeks to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, its causes and help work towards a cure. For 2012, Lawson finished the season with a team-record 74 3-pointers, and her donation was matched by the Connecticut Sun Foundation, the Mohegan Tribe as well as others and fan donations. In total, the three-point campaign raised 32,000.
In January of 2013, Lawson was named an honorary co-chair of the Pat Summitt Foundation Advisory Board.
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