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Pat Summitt in 1996 with her son, Tyler. (Getty)
Pat Summitt in 1996 with her son, Tyler. (Getty)

When you choose to be a competitor, you choose to be a survivor.  When you choose to compete, you make the conscious decision to find out what your real limits are, not just what you think they are.” –Pat Summit

It was a sad Tuesday morning for more than just the sports world.  Legendary basketball coach Pam Summitt passed away and the outpour of love and admiration for this incredible woman has been tremendous; even those who didn’t know who she was found themselves inquiring about this special woman.  As you know, balancing career and family [in stilettos] is the rule and not the exception here at EGL and Pat Summit exemplifies this motto and so much more.

Summit was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, in 2011 and stepped down from coaching the Tennessee Lady Volunteers one year later after almost 40 years of dedication.  Not only does she leave behind a 1,098-208 record, 8 national titles and the record for coach with the most career wins in Division 1 basketball, but she leaves a son, more family members and an uncountable amount of friends and associates.

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Photo Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports, Jim Brown)

Patricia Sue Head Summitt was born June 14, 1952 in Clarksville, Tennessee where she was the fourth out of five children and the first girl.  Growing up, she was called Trisha or Trish and learned discipline and hard work from her father at an early age.  She graduated from University of Tennessee-Martin and shortly after became the head coach of UT in 1974.  While coaching, she was also enrolled in a masters program, teaching classes and rehabilitating and training for a shot at the Olympics; in which she helped bring home a silver medal in the 1976 Olympic games.

Becoming active in the fight against her disease, Summit started the Pat Summitt Foundation which focuses on the research and education on Alzheimer’s and even provides a few services to patients and their caregivers.  Many revered members of society had nothing but amazing things to say about the deceased.

We send our condolences to the Summitt family, former players, friends and colleagues.

Class is more important than a game.” –Pat Summitt

Written By: Melody Lanei

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