Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 3:20 pm  |  3 responses

Barack Obama to Honor Coach Pat Summitt With Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama will honor the retiring, legendary women’s basketball coach with the highest civilian award. Per Reuters: “President Barack Obama said on Thursday he will give the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the top civilian honor, to retiring University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who amassed the most wins of any men’s or women’s collegiate basketball coach. Summitt, 59, announced her retirement on Wednesday following the disclosure last year that she suffers from early-onset dementia. Obama, an avid basketball fan, said he was awarding her the medal for her inspiring work as a coach and for her willingness to speak openly and courageously about her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Summitt coached the Tennessee women’s team since 1974 and compiled a record of 1,098 wins and 208 losses, winning eight national championships. She also coached the U.S. women’s basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles in 1984.”

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  • permaculture james

    I like this. She and Wooden stand alone. Her Alzheimer’s is a loss to the game. Now, she’ll be an ambassador for that terrible disease that I saw take my aunt, the funny one in my father’s family, who’s humor and personality was gone by the time I moved near her.

  • JMiz

    As do I young James, Pat Summit shall live on forever in the hearts and minds of everyone down here in Prairie Rock South Dakota. She was truly a great and courageous woman, who was also one hell of a bridge player. And yes I know she is still alive, I just wanted to say a few words in her honor, thank you kindly.

  • BNix

    Pat Summit, in my oinion, is the greatest “Basketball Coach” that ever coached and I am not speaking of women basketball but of BASKETBALL. Pat I have not met you personally but I feel that I know you because I have watched you for as many years as you have been sitting on that bench. I have made a point to not miss the “Lady Vols” games and the great players that you coached. Our prayers are with you and your family.