OFTC Hosts Pedal for Pat Cyclists
Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) was honored to be a host site for Pedal for Pat, a team of cyclists who is riding from Knoxville, Tenn. to Marathon Key, Fla. in memory of Pat Summit, former University of Tennessee (UT) Women’s basketball coach and Alzheimer’s sufferer.
The ride will consist of 1,098 miles total, which is the number of wins Coach Summit had in her tenure as Head Coach at UT. The group embarked on their trip on October 17th and by day four, cycling 90-100 miles per day the cyclists stopped in Sandersville and visited with employees at OFTC while resting.
The Pedal for Pat team of cyclists consists of various trainers, physicians, publicists, coaches, and others, including: co-chair and developer of senior living communities Joshua Crisp; former Lady Vol and owner of Sheex Michelle Maricinak, co-owner of the WNBA team Seattle Storm and advocate for altering the lives of women on public assistance, Ginny Gilder; member of Crit Life Team (a professional cycling organization) Brandon “Monk” Feehery; former basketball player and assistant coach Pamela Bettis-Tanner; high school girls basketball head coach and triathlete Mark Bottom; avid cyclist and business owner Mike Young; cyclist and Operations Manager for Nox Composites, Jon Crowson; Senior Vice President/Partner of Silversphere (provider of senior living facilities safety equipment) Ricky Taylor; and cyclist and Maintenance Director of Dominion Senior Living, Fred Boettcher.
The ride, projected to take 12 days, has a goal of raising $120,000 ($10,000 per rider) for the Pat Summit Foundation and increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s. Coach Summit was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011 and lost her very public battle with the disease in 2016. Each rider in the trek has either a personal connection with Alzheimer’s or with Coach Summit and feels a great desire to see the disease eradicated.
Corporate sponsors for the event include Sheex (an athletic bed sheet company that makes sheets from dry weave material), Solinity (a senior living organization in Tennessee), and Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions (a medical prescription managing organization).
To learn more about OFTC, visit the OFTC Website.