2:43pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Governor Among Those Paying Tribute

Summit Named Sport Illustrated Sportswoman of the Year

 

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Renowned UT Knoxville Women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt has been named Sports Illustrated's sportswoman of the year.

The Hall of Famer has won more games than any coach in women's basketball, earning her 1,075th career victory Sunday.

Summitt announced in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, but says she’ll continue coaching as long as possible.

Governor Bill Haslam among those lining up to congratulate Summitt on the award.

"It's not only what she's done on the court, but how she's done it. Her players represent the best. They almost all graduate and you never hear about a Lady Vol being in trouble. It's about character, about class, as-well-as about winning."

Just last week Summitt and her son announced the formation of a foundation in her name that will fund dementia research.  You can learn more about the coach’s new foundation at patsummitt.org.