Pat Summitt Quotes: Inspirational Words by UT Head Coach

Pat Summitt has lost her battle to Alzheimer’s disease. The Head Coach Emeritus of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville women’s basketball team died on Tuesday morning at the age of 64. “It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt,” her son Tyler, 25, said in a statement. Summitt’s health had taken a turn for the worse on Saturday evening, and those closest to her were “preparing for the worse,” according to The Tennessean. The legendary college basketball coach was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type in 2011 and the condition had recently progressed. Click through the gallery to read the inspiring words Summitt spoke over her 38-year coaching career. (Getty)


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Sue Sauer

Coach took women’s basketball to a totally new and different level. No girls could play with her, she had to play with the boys, but when it came to organized ball, of course the two could not be mixed. She broke through stereotypical boundaries that kept most women from playing. Just because you were as good, even better than most men, doesn’t make you less of a woman. Yes, it took guts. For her though, it was just her love of the game. HS, college, the Olympics, then to coaching. Either playing against her, for her, or if you were lucky enough to be in her presence, you couldn’t help but feel the electricity she gave off regarding teamwork and responsibility.
I hope her passing draws even more young women to challenge themselves, whether it’s playing basketball or excelling in business. Pat’s ethics were the same for both. Because that’s what she was good at. Finding your weakness, then challenging you to overcome it.

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