Pat Summitt, a legendary woman’s basketball coach has died at the age of 64.
This is tragic
Summitt’s son Tyler said his mother died “peacefully” Tuesday morning, surrounded by “those who loved her most,” in Knoxville, Tennessee.
He said she had been battling her “toughest opponent” — early onset dementia.
She did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced,” Tyler Summitt said in a statement. “Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease.”
Summitt served as head coach of women’s basketball at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville for 38 seasons. She was recognized as the “winningest basketball coach in NCAA history” for both men’s and women’s Division I teams.
The University of Tennessee paid tribute to Summitt’s “relentless pursuit of excellence” and lasting legacy: eight national championships, a 100 percent graduation rate and 1,098 total wins.
“Pat’s legend transcends numbers,” the university said. “It transcends sport, gender and all things quantitative.”
Following Summitt’s announcement in August 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, the coaching icon set up a foundation aimed at advancing a cure for the disease.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said Summitt’s impact on her players, the university and game of basketball will be felt for years to come. “Basketball has lost a legend, and Tennessee has lost one of its most beloved daughters,” Corker said in a statement.
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Let us pray for Summitt’s family during this difficult time. Rest in peace.