The Tennessee Womenâ€™s Basketball team, the Lady Vols, are feeling very motivated and giving their full support to their beloved coach Pat Summitt after she revealed she was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Keep reading to know about this news and take a little look into the life and amazing career of this remarkable coach, mother and friend. We added the video she released about her medical diagnosis.
Whether or not you are a Tennessee basketball fan you know who Pat is, she my friends is â€śThe Womanâ€ť behind the Vols and she is amazing! She wasnâ€™t feeling so amazing when she had that sad diagnosis not long ago, she was suffering from early onset dementia, she felt frustrated, angry and she was worried about how she was going to let her team know, she couldnâ€™t, but they deserved to know. Her 20 year-old son Tyler talked her into it and she did. What she probably wasnâ€™t expecting was their response..
In a conference room full of Summittâ€™s Lady Vols and staff she broke the news, it was that same place where the only thing you could hear afterwards was the girls telling her “we love you Pat, we are your family, we will get through this”. Pat will continue to be the Lady Volsâ€™ coach and her team feels so very blessed for having her.
“You don’t necessarily associate dementia with people our age so this announcement really put things in perspective. Pat has great support from her family, friends and staff and I know they will help her immensely. There is no doubt in my mind that Pat will take on this challenge as she has all others during her Hall of Fame career â€“ head on. I wish her all the best.”
59 year-old Pat Head Summit, is the third child of four children in her household in Clarksville,Tennessee. A graduate from the University of Tennessee at Martin, she played on her alma materâ€™s basketball team and on the U.S Olympic team winning two gold medals (1975, 1984) and a silver one in 1976. She became the Lady Vols’ head coach in the mid 70â€™s and holds 8 NCAA Championships plus she is a Womenâ€™s Hall Of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, has been awarded Coach of the Year several times. We sports enthusiasts and women all over feel all so proud of her, Go Pat!!!!
Pat Summitt released a statement via the video below about her dementia and this is what she has to say to you!
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