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Vols Honoring Pat Summitt With Jersey Patch

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Vols Honoring Pat Summitt With Jersey Patch

Tennessee’s women’s basketball team will be honoring late Vols coaching legend Pat Summitt with a commemorative patch on their jerseys.

 

The patch­­­­­­­ includes is a capital “P” inside of a circle.

 

The “P” design is based on Summitt’s actual signature.

 

The Lady Vols had the patches on their uniforms during Monday’s 95-56 exhibition win against Carson-Newman. This will continue throughout the season.

 

The Tennessee football team also has stickers for their helmets with the same logo.

 

Summitt passed away in June at the age of 64.

 

She led Tennessee to 1,098 victories, the most ever in Division I college basketball history, before leaving the sidelines in 2012 due to early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

 

In 38 seasons coaching the Lady Vols, Summitt won eight NCAA championships.

 

She also captured 16 Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament championships, was named NCAA coach of the year seven times, and led the USA women’s national team to the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.

 

Summitt, the first women’s basketball coach to make over $1 million a year, truly changed the game.

 

“Pat started playing college hoops before Title IX and started coaching before the NCAA recognized women’s basketball as a sport,” President Obama told the AP. “When she took the helm at Tennessee as a 22-year-old, she had to wash her players’ uniforms; by the time Pat stepped down as the Lady Vols’ head coach, her teams wore eight championship rings and had cut down nets in sold-out stadiums.”

 

 

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