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President Barack Obama and MAKERS Pay Tribute to Pat Summitt

President Barack Obama and MAKERS Pay Tribute to Pat Summitt

On Tuesday, many paid tribute to honor Pat Summitt, the legendary Vols head basketball coach from Knoxville, Tenn., who achieved eight national titles and 1,098 wins during her 38-year tenure.

President of the United States Barack Obama took to Facebook to share a touching message about Summitt.

"Pat learned early on that everyone should be treated the same. When she would play basketball against her older brothers in the family barn, they didn’t treat her any differently and certainly didn’t go easy on her. Later, her Hall of Fame career would tell the story of the historic progress toward equality in American athletics that she helped advance. Pat started playing college hoops before Title IX and started coaching before the NCAA recognized women’s basketball as a sport. When she took the helm at Tennessee as a 22 year old, she had to wash her players' uniforms; by the time Pat stepped down as the Lady Vols’ head coach, her teams wore eight championship rings and had cut down nets in sold-out stadiums," he wrote.

See the full post here.

In 2012, Obama awarded Summitt the Presidential Medal of Freedom for winning eight NCAA titles. She passed away peacefully on Monday after battling early-onset Alzheimers. Today, her Pat Summitt Foundation continues to raise funds for Alzheimer's research.

But the President was not the only one to deliver touching messages in memory of the trailblazer. We have collected the inspiring and heartfelt words of MAKERS remembering Summitt and her groundbreaking work.




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