PAT SUMMIT THE BEST OF ALL TIME

CONGRATS TODAY TO PAT SUMMIT ON 1098 WINS AND AN AMAZING AND INSPIRING  CAREER.  WE BACK OUR PAT AND REMAIN IN AWE AND ALWAYS  INSPIRED BY YOUR GIFTS.
LAST NIGHT BAYLOR AND BRITTANY CONTINUED THEIR MARCH TO GREATNESS AND THEY ARE ANOTHER STORY AND TRULY GREAT THIS YEAR. 
FOR 38 YEARS OUR PAT  HAS BEEN A PIONEER AND ROLE MODEL AND MODEL FOR SUCCESS.  AND A CLASS ACT TOO.
VERY HIGH ON THE RETIREMENT BUCKET LIST WAS A PILGRIMAGE TO KNOXVILLE TO UT AND  THE SUMMIT ARENA.  THE TRAVEL GODS HAD US GET OUT OF THE CAR FROM A BIG TRIP IN NOVEMBER TO TULSA OK AND GET BACK IN THE CAR AND DRIVE TO TENNESSEE.  IT WAS A LITTLE NUTS BUT IT WAS THE ONLY TIME IT FIT AND THE OPPONENT WAS BAYLOR, AND IT WAS WE BACK PAT NIGHT IN SUPPORT OF ALZHEIMER’S. KIND OF A NO BRAINER.
WHEN WE ARRIVED IN KNOXVILLE WE FOUND IT TO BE ANOTHER VERY  DELIGHTFUL CITY AND WE IMMEDIATELY FOUND A COOL PLACE TO WATCH OUR BADGERS PLAY FOOTBALL. WE TOOK THE GOOD SEATS AT THE BAR FROM A GUY THAT DEB THOUGHT WAS AN ACQUAINTANCE- BRUCE PEARL- THE FORMER TENNESSEE BASKETBALL COACH. WE HAD A GREAT CHAT, HE IS VERY NICE AND I PUFFED MY CHEST OUT AND TOLD HIM I WORKED WITH JEANETTE PANCRATZ, MOTHER OF MARK.  FEELING LIKE WE WERE VIP’S WE ENJOYED THE GAME.
THE NEXT DAY WE ACQUIRED A GOOD AMOUNT OF LADY VOL MOMENTOS AND OUR WE BACK PAT T SHIRTS TO WEAR TO THE GAME.  WE FOUND SCALPERS OUT 5 HRS BEFORE GAME TIME ASKING TALL CASH FOR TICKETS- WERE WE REALLY AT A WOMEN’S GAME ?
 WE MADE A PILGRIMAGE TO THE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME AND ENJOYED IT AND LOVED THE INTERACTIVE SECTION WHERE YOU COULD PLAY AND SHOOT. DEBBIE MADE ALMOST ALL HER SHOTS AS ALWAYS AND WAS SURE SHE WOULD FIND SOME  MUSEUM MENTION OF HER GREAT DAYS AS A PLAYER IN THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION GYM WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOM’S AFTER HOURS.
DEBBIE WAS READY TO SUIT UP IF NEEDED AND WANTS THE BULLS TO KNOW SHE IS STANDING BY TO TAKE THE LAST SHOT FOR ANY CLOSE GAME IF D ROSE NEEDS A BREAK.  DID YOU KNOW I LOVE HER MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF ? ALWAYS READY TO HELP WHERE NEEDED!
THE ARENA FLOOR HAS PAT’S NAME IN BIG LETTERS AND THERE ARE MURALS AROUND THE WHOLE BUILDING ABOUT PAT AND HER TEAMS.  THIS IS TRULY THE HOUSE THAT PAT BUILT. SIT DOWN GENTLEMEN.
THE PLACE WAS PACKED AND ALL IN ORANGE. SO IMPRESSIVE.  THE VOLS GAVE A GOOD FIGHT BUT HOW DO YOU DEFEND 6’8″ ? BAYLOR WON AND WE WERE SO SO GLAD WE GOT TO EXPERIENCE A HOME LADY VOL GAME.  WHO KNOWS HOW MANY MORE PAT GAMES THERE MIGHT BE . WOMEN’S SPORTS HAVE COME SO FAR AND WE HAVE OUR PAT TO THANK FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF IT.
IT WAS A GREAT BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE AND SO FAR A BIG LIFE TRIP FOR US TO CELEBRATE WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT WOMEN AND ATHLETICS. THANK YOU PAT, THANK YOU ALL THE COACHES THAT GO TO WORK DAY AFTER DAY FOR YEAR AFTER YEAR TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND IMPROVE THE WORLD ONE ATHLETE AT A TIME. IT IS NOT EASY AND ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE OF THINGS THERE ARE BIG OBSTACLES.
 THANK YOU PAT FOR BRINGING SUCCESS, EXCELLENCE AND CREDIBILITY TO THE WORLD OF WOMEN’S ATHLETICS.
ENJOY THE REST OF MARCH MADNESS AND GO PAT-CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT EVERY DAY.


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