They’ve called Pat Summitt a ground breaker, a legend, an inspiration and the “Wizard of Knoxville,” a nod to UCLA’s John Wooden, who may be the only college basketball coach who can compare.
She’s recorded more than 1,000 victories at Tennessee in women’s basketball, eight national titles, two Olympic medals (silver as a U.S. player in 1976 and gold as Team USA women’s head coach in 1984) and enough memories for multiple lifetimes.
Only here comes the saddest news of all, Pat Summitt, at just age 59, has been diagnosed with early onset dementia.
Really though, nothing is certain, except this is one cruel disease.
“There’s not going to be any pity party and I’ll make sure of that,” Summitt told the Knoxville News-Sentinel in a statement that is as pure Pat Summitt as you’ll ever find.
And how brutal is it that a woman of such accomplishment, wisdom and impact might have her career cut short, robbing any number of players that would’ve enjoyed her guidance.
Pat Summitt didn’t claim people owed her or her women anything. She just proved they did.
Intellectually Stimulating Behaviors
Re-examine critical assumptions to question whether they are appropriate
Seek different perspectives when solving problems
Get others to look at problems from many different angles
Why ,she wonders, can’t people look at the photograph in context, why can’t they understand that she’s as swift to drop her whole life and rush to her players’ sides when they have problems as she is to drop the roof on them when they screw up?
Suddenly in the midst of a seemingly splendid practice, Pat might shout ”Hold it! Stop! Everyone stop!” and stride toward Michelle, the way she strode one day toward forward Lisa Harrison.
Some activities should be paid more attention like she demands her players sit in the first three rows of their classes and every single absence...
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