A known name in women’s college basketball may only be with us a little bit longer. Pat Summitt’s family released a statement about her recent health: “the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type progresses.”
The statement continued to say: “She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.”
Erin Freeman of Ackermann Public Relations is making the statements for the Summitt family.
Rumors are she has been moved to a Hospice care center but nothing has been conformed.
In 2011, Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset dementia. November of 2011, she then announced the formation of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, with proceeds going toward Alzheimer’s research.
The following April, she stepped down as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers Women’s basketball and took the title of head coach emeritus. Also in April 2012, President Obama named Summitt the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Summitt coached the Lady Vols for 38 years, beginning in 1974, winning 1,098 games, 32 SEC championships and eight national championships.
Starting on 1974, Summitt has coached the Lady Vols. At the time she was only 22-years-old. She has been named NCAA Coach of the Year seven times while winning 32 SEC Championships and 8 national championships.
Winning a total 1,098 games, she is a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame since 1999, the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame since 2000 and also 4 more hall of fames.
The court at Thompson Boling Arena is called “The Summitt.” There is also a statue on Tennessee’s campus on the Pat Summitt Plaza dedicated to the legendary coach.
Please keep her family and friends in your prays during this difficult time.