Thank You Pat Summitt

23 Apr

Thank you. Those are the first words that came to mind as soon as I found out Pat Summitt was stepping down as the Head Coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols last week.

Even though I usually root against the Lady Vols, I will forever be indebted to Pat Summitt and everything she has meant to college sports and specifically, women. The impact that Summitt has had on the world of women’s basketball will never go unnoticed. Even those who criticize women’s basketball know who Pat Summitt is and would never deny the impact that she has had on the sports world. And not only does Summitt own the record for the most victories in all of college basketball (Men and Women), no one is really that close to beating her either.

I have been lucky enough to see Summitt coach in person.  The sidelines of a Tennessee basketball game l will never be the same. The energy and prowess that she brings to the court will probably never be matched.

Pat Summitt built the Tennessee Volunteers Women’s Basketball team into one of the biggest powerhouses in sports. The legacy that she leaves behind is one filled with championship victories and successful student-athletes. But she is not done yet. Summitt will still be a presence on the Tennessee Lady Vols team as Head Coach Emeritus.

In a week where I have seen countless articles about the struggle of women in the sports world, Pat Summitt has been the model of just how far women have come.  She has elevated the sport of women’s basketball to what it is today and has also been integral in the elevation and status of women in the sports world. What Pat Summitt was able to accomplish during her 38 years at Tennessee, some people just hope for in their lifetime. She took the Tennessee Women’s Basketball team from a small gymnasium where they had to fight for practice time to a state of the art, basketball only practice facility. I had the opportunity to visit that basketball facility last year and let me tell you, its beyond amazing.

While the sports world has always been faced with scandals and violations, Summitt was never in that part of the spotlight.  Pat Summitt has reached all of her accomplishments without controversy. She hasn’t needed violations to get to where she is today and her legacy is richer because of that.

No matter what, Pat Summitt will always be a part of sports history.

After being diagnosed with the early stages of dementia and coaching an entire season through this diagnosis, it was time. As any fan could tell you, there were times when she just didn’t look the same on the sidelines. Alzheimer’s is a tough disease for many reasons but what saddens me the most, is the effect that dementia can have on a person’s memory. Pat Summitt has so much to remember and be proud of that its a shame she might not always remember her accomplishments, accolades, and experiences.

But let’s not think about what Pat Summitt might or might not be facing in the future, because based on the challenges and accomplishments she has had in the past, she won’t be backing down from this fight either. She will continue to be a spokesperson for Alzheimer’s and work with her fund, the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund. Summitt has meant so much to the world of sports and while she has stepped down from being head coach of the Lady Vols, I doubt that she is done making her impact.

So from one woman to another, thank you, Pat Summitt. Thank you for everything.

 

 

About these ads

16 Responses to “Thank You Pat Summitt”

  1. Alva Stavros May 17, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    I simply want to mention I am just newbie to blogs and absolutely loved you’re website. Almost certainly I’m planning to bookmark your blog post . You surely have fabulous articles. Thanks a bunch for revealing your website.

  2. Ben Padstow May 22, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    The first time in several months that I’ve used MetaCrawler for a question and actually got a useful result. Thank you so much!

  3. Read Full Article May 22, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    Great blog here! Also your web site loads up fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  4. more helpful hints May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Merely to follow up on the up-date of this matter on your web-site and would wish to let you know simply how much I liked the time you took to create this valuable post. Inside the post, you really spoke of how to truly handle this challenge with all ease. It would be my own pleasure to gather some more suggestions from your blog and come up to offer other people what I have learned from you. I appreciate your usual terrific effort.

  5. article source May 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    I pay a quick visit every day some blogs and websites to read posts, but this blog gives quality based posts.

  6. Discover More May 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    I would like to consider the ability of saying thanks to you for that professional instruction I have enjoyed browsing your site. I am looking forward to the particular commencement of my school research and the overall planning would never have been complete without dropping by this site. If I may be of any help to others, I would be delighted to help as a result of what I have learned from here.

  7. en lire plus May 23, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again!

  8. http://www.imprimantelasercouleur.net/ May 23, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Some really excellent articles on this internet site, appreciate it for contribution. “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” by E. B. White.

  9. http://www.chaisedebar.org/ May 23, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    Some genuinely good articles on this web site , thankyou for contribution.

  10. www.rasoirelectriquehomme.org May 23, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I like this web blog very much, Its a real nice position to read and find information. “The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.” by Sallust.

  11. http://www.ceramicwatches.org/ May 23, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Outstanding post, I think people should acquire a lot from this web site its real user genial. So much excellent info on here :D.

  12. trading course May 23, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    I love your writing style truly enjoying this web site. “No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head.” by Terry Josephson.

  13. http://www.barbecueelectrique.org/ May 23, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    I got what you intend, thanks for putting up.Woh I am lucky to find this website through google. “Since the Exodus, freedom has always spoken with a Hebrew accent.” by Heinrich Heine.

  14. Local Marketing Business System May 17, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is needed to get set up? I’m
    assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% certain.
    Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Appreciate it

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. office-supplies/officegiant/ - May 23, 2012

    Links…

    For more relevant information visit this blog…

  2. Anthony Harris - December 26, 2012

    Anthony Harris…

    […]u Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your a zl[…]…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: