published Friday, May 11th, 2012

Ex-Bradley Central and Tennessee basketball standout Brittany Jackson sets up event for Summitt cause

With the help of some high-profile celebrities, former Bradley Central and Tennessee basketball standout

Brittany Jackson is sponsoring an Evening with the Stars to raise money for Pat Summitt's charity.

Jackson is holding a basketball camp today and Saturday at Bradley Central. There will be a dinner party Saturday night at 7 at the estate of Dr. Scott and Angie Hodges in Ooltewah.

Proceeds will go to the Pat Summitt foundation, created after the former Lady Vols coach's announcement last August that she has early-onset dementia.

Summitt became coach emeritus after the 2011-12 season with 1,098 wins, the most all-time in NCAA Division I basketball.

Jackson was a four-year member of the Lady Vols (2001-05), helping them to four NCAA Final Fours and two runner-up finishes. She is fourth in career 3-pointers made for the Lady Vols (161) and ninth in career 3-point percentage (.363).

Those expected to be in town for the weekend are former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and NFL standout Terrell Owens; Chattanoogan and former Tennessee Titan Tony Brown, as well as current Titan Nate Washington; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore and defensive back Roman Harper; former Howard standout and NFL player Terdell Sands, along with Kyries Hebert; and former Baylor standouts Sidney Tarver and Jacques McClendon.

Former NBA player Devean George, UT great Chamique Holdsclaw and fellow former WNBA players Ann Strother and Angela Davidson will attend, as will recording artist Bubba Sparxxx.

Jackson said there might be a few additions to the event before Saturday.

"I just thought it would be good to start an annual event, in hopes of trying to give back to the community," she said. "All of the money is going to a great cause, and what started off small has expanded because of Pat.

"It was an honor to play for her. I called her my coach, but the greatest lessons I learned from her were off the court. She believed in me and taught me about character, discipline and always giving my all, so this year's event holds a special place in my heart because I am able to step up along with this community and give back to Pat."

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