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A Summitt Reached

“Take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

For nearly four decades Coach Pat Summitt climbed the heights of her profession.

On her climb she won eight national titles and 1,098 games — the most by any Division 1 basketball coach, male or female. Her teams made an unprecedented 31 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Tough and tender Coach Summitt took others with her on her climb. From All-Americans, to players that road the beach. All of the athletes she coached who completed their eligibility went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee.

In 2011 Coach Summitt demonstrated how to keep climbing in the face of adversity when she announced she was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.

She vowed to keep coaching saying “This is not a pity party,” “We’re not going to sit here and feel sorry for Pat Summitt.” And coach she did leading the Lady Vols their 16th SEC Championship in her last year on the bench.

Now Pat Summitt has reached the end of her climb. While the work of that climb, the wins the championships speak for themselves the real impact of her climb has been with the people she touched and the lives that she influenced.

For Pat Summitt was and is more than a basketball coach, she is a leader.

– A leader whose courage was never questioned as she blazed new trails for women not only in sports but in life.
– A leader whose hands never weak as she pushed her players to greatness
– A leader whose work is rewarded each time a woman dives for a loose ball on the court, or makes a confident presentation in the boardroom

“Take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

Thank you Lord for giving us Coach Pat Summitt her life and remarkable climb continues to inspire us all.