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Legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt is “struggling”

Cl4jj9HWYAAfxRh.jpg-largeThe Compete family joins the rest of the nation in honoring legendary coach Pat Summitt’s family’s to #PrayforPat. According to USA Today, Summitt is “struggling” and those close to her are “preparing for the worst,” a source involved in the situation confirmed earlier Sunday. “I don’t think anybody knows whether she will last a day, a month, or a year,” the source said.

As coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers or Lady Vols, Summitt was the winningest women’s basketball coach in NCAA history. But diagnosed in 2011 with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, she stepped down as coach in 2012 with the new title of head coach emeritus.

As coach of the Lady Vols for 38 years, Summitt began in 1974 at age 22 and won 1,098 games, 32 SEC championships and eight national championships. In 1976 she was co-captain of the U.S. Olympic team that won a silver medal and in 1984 she coached the gold-medal-winning U.S. team.

She announced the formation of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund in November 2011, its proceeds going to Alzheimer’s research. In 2012 President Barack Obama announced Summitt was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and ESPN honored her life’s work in a documentary “Pat XO” in July of 2013. In November of that same year the university dedicated the Pat Summitt Plaza on campus that includes a statue of her.


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