A new foundation inspired by a Knoxville oncologist made its first major gifts last week in connection with a charity of one of the community’s iconic sports figures.
The L5 Foundation handed out $20,000 to five area organizations that support people with disabilities or people who have cancer, all done in cooperation with the Bruce Pearl Family Foundation. Pearl, the former basketball head coach at the University of Tennessee, is widely known for his charitable works.
The L5 Foundation made its largest contribution – $10,000 – to Camp Koinonia Foundation for a scholarship honoring Pearl. Camp Koinonia is a weeklong camp put on by UT’s therapeutic recreation program for children and youth with multiple disabilities. The camp is also a major training experience for hundreds of UT students who will work with people with disabilities.