Legendary women's basketball coach Pat Summitt has passed away this morning due to her five year battle with dementia, Alzheimer's type.
Summitt was just a Tennessee farm girl who lived the American Dream and took her abilities to heights no one would have anticipated. Changing the world views of women basketball, Summitt was able to provide a foundation for many young girls who couldn't see their own potential.
Pat Summitt accolades includes eight NCAA titles during her time at Tennessee, seven NCAA coach of the year awards, and held a record of 1,098-208 in 38 seasons.
Many players that were coached by Summitt kept longtime ties with her.
"No matter who needs her -- from the last person on the bench to a manager to whoever -- she knew everyone's name and treated them as if they were her own," WNBA's three-time MVP Candace Parker stated. Parker who was not only a player of Summitt but, the star of Tennessee's 2007 and 2008 national championship teams.
Once Summitt announced her illness in 2011 she shocked the basketball world. However, she did not want anyone to cry. Pat Summitt was optimistic and a realist. What she did for women around the world will last forever.