Another Honor For Pat!
BIG DAY FOR PAT SUMMITT
It’s gonna be a huge day for our very own Pat Summitt, she’s going to be honored at White House today.
She’s there to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The honor was announced on April 19, the day Summitt formally stepped down as Tennessee's women's basketball coach and passed her whistle to new coach Holly Warlick during a press conference at Thompson-Boling Arena. Summitt has assumed a new role as head coach emeritus for the women's program. The original announcement didn't specify the date of the medal presentation by President Barack Obama.
The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
President Obama called Summitt an "inspiration" and praised her willingness to speak openly about being diagnosed last summer with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
Summitt stepped down after a 38-year career, which featured 1,098 victories and eight national championships.