- 64 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 14, 1952
- Date of passing: Jun 28, 2016
|God doesn’t take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly.|
On Tuesday, June 28 2016, Pat passed away peacefully, following a courageous battle with early onset dementia, “Alzheimer’s Type." This disease attacked a lifetime of precious memories, memories that she has now won back as she rests in her eternal home. Memories that will live on in each and every relationship she developed throughout her life.
This is one simple statement that Patricia Sue Head Summitt embodied, lived by and passed on to so many throughout her 64 years of life. She ‘won’ every day of her life because of the relationships she developed, nurtured and cherished. Relationships with her family and friends. Relationships with players, coaches, and fans. And most importantly, a strong relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
"She was what I always measured myself by. Was I gracious? Was I kind? Did I demand the best? Now I still measure myself by her courageous example. Can't wait to talk to her in heaven."
"When I was at UT in the early 70's I played pickup basketball anytime I could find a game and a good rim. I heard there was a regular pickup game in the old, dark Alumni Gym so I went to check it out. It was pretty weird - there were guys but there were also a bunch of girls(!!!) playing. And playing hard. They pushed, shoved and threw more elbows than the guys. They boxed-out on rebounds, set blindside picks, and called their own fouls. And the meanest/baddest of the bunch was a girl named Pat. She bruised my hip bones and my ego many times!
That was the first time I competed against any girl that really had "game" and over the coming years I watched the evolution of Pat's round ball talent, her coaching discipline and the personal integrity she brought to the game. She challenged my thinking about pure competition, about women in sports and about the value of sports in a healthy society."
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