Parkview Sports Medicine partners with Ayanna Patterson to create Ayanna Patterson EmPower Forward Weekend

January 26, 2023



Parkview Sports Medicine (PSM) is partnering with former Indiana Miss Basketball Ayanna Patterson to create the Ayanna Patterson EmPower Forward Weekend, a first-of-its-kind event for northeast Indiana.

Patterson is a Homestead High School graduate, currently in her freshman season with the NCAA powerhouse UConn women’s basketball team. In addition to being the 2022 Indiana Miss Basketball, she was also a member of the McDonald’s All-American team and one of the country’s top-ranked women’s basketball prospects for the class of 2022.

Patterson is also a familiar face at PSM, where she worked out with PSM Performance Training from eighth grade through her senior year of high school to improve her strength and agility.

The Ayanna Patterson EmPower Forward Weekend will be focused on empowering female athletes and supporting individuals with autism – two causes that are important to Ayanna.

“I’m excited to embark on this new partnership with PSM, as they have played an integral part in my basketball performance and recovery,” Patterson said. “Hosting a fun and memorable weekend in my hometown, while raising awareness and funds for a cause that is near and dear to me, is a dream come true.”

“This partnership with Ayanna is a natural extension of our relationship,” said Tommy Schoegler, vice president of orthopedics and outreach, PSM. “We supported Ayanna through her high school career, and we are thrilled to continue supporting her as an elite college athlete. We look forward to the Ayanna Patterson EmPower Forward Weekend this summer, as we know it will create a positive impact on other hometown athletes and families.”

Scheduled for July 28-30, the Ayanna Patterson EmPower Forward Weekend will include a basketball camp for grades 6-12 and a three-on-three basketball tournament for all ages at the SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse.

The weekend will also include a banquet at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, where Ayanna will present two new awards for northeast Indiana. The Women’s Athlete of the Year Award will be given to an outstanding incoming senior athlete of any sport, and the Female Athletics Advocate of the Year award will be given to an outstanding coach or community member.

Proceeds from the Ayanna Patterson EmPower Forward Weekend will support the Autism Society of Indiana.

“We are excited and honored to tell our story as a part of the EmPower Forward weekend,” said Courtney Wolley, executive director, Autism Society of Indiana. “Ayanna is a special young lady, and we know her passion for our community and her talents on the court will help us grow autism awareness so we can better serve not only this part of the state, but all of Indiana.”

This partnership is the first NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) agreement for both PSM and Patterson, who earlier this year signed with KLUTCH Sports Group, a premier agency representing some of the world’s biggest athletes across major professional and collegiate sports.

More details about the Ayanna Patterson EmPower Forward Weekend will be released later this year.



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