Character. Pat Summer had character and much more. She knew how to win. She outworked her rivals. She passed away at age 64. We are better because she showed us the way and walked among us for 64 years.

Legendary coach Pat Summitt knew how to build character in sports. Overdo it. “Practice Hard, Play harder and have courage on and off the court” she said. She knew we need character to win. She won 1,028 woman’s basketball games for University of Tennessee Woman’s Basketball while losing only 208, an incredible record and a great achievement. Character wins in sports and in life.

“There are not many icons that you come in contact (with) in your lifetime and we all were fortunate to know one, Pat Summitt. Her work ethic, her dedication to the young women she coached, and her integrity in everything she did will never be equaled. She set the standard for excellence in academics, athletics and life. She was a role model and an inspiration and we are all enriched for having known her.”

And “Pat had a huge impact because we talked to the NCAA about how the state loved women’s basketball and how the state had long been a hotbed of enthusiasm and love for women’s basketball,”

Sixty four years is a long time and Pat impacted the world with her excellence. Excellence as a coach is sort of expected from all coaches but Pat had a deeper commitment to excellence. She excelled at winning.

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