Pat Summitt named Sportswoman of the Year by Sports Illustrated

Cover of the December 12, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated with Pat Summitt and Mike krzyzewski on the cover as Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year for 2011.

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Cover of the December 12, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated with Pat Summitt and Mike krzyzewski on the cover as Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year for 2011.

Pat Summitt named 2011 Sportswoman of the Year by Sports Illustrated

Fans dressed in orange 'We Back Pat' tee-shirts line the stands at Thompson-Boling Arena during the game against Baylor on Sunday, November 27, 2011. Pat Summitt and her foundation The Pat Summitt Foundation raised $150,000 for Alzheimer's Tennessee.

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Fans dressed in orange "We Back Pat" tee-shirts line the stands at Thompson-Boling Arena during the game against Baylor on Sunday, November 27, 2011. Pat Summitt and her foundation The Pat Summitt Foundation raised $150,000 for Alzheimer's Tennessee.

Pat Summitt stands at the top of women's basketball in terms of victories and national championships. Sports Illustrated magazine has paid tribute to that and much more in recognizing Tennessee's coach with its highest honor.

Summitt has been named the magazine's 2011 Sportswoman of the Year. She shares the annual spotlight with Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was named Sportsman of the Year. He became the winningest coach in Division I men last month. The magazine announced the awards Monday morning. Summitt and Krzyzewski will be honored in New York City on Tuesday evening.

"Obviously, this is a tremendous honor,'' Summitt said in a UT release. "I am so privileged to share it with such a great coach in Mike Krzyzewski. During our careers, we have both been fortunate to work with so many talented student-athletes, who were driven to excel both on and off the court.

"For me, this recognition is a direct reflection of the outstanding young women who have worn the orange and white Lady Vol jersey of the University of Tennessee; the coaching staffs I have worked with throughout my career and the supportive administration at UT."

In a release, Time Inc. Sports Group editor Terry McDonell said of both coaches: "The voices of those who have been inspired by Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski echo from everywhere and will continue for decades. What they have achieved through their coaching and, more importantly, their teaching places them among history's transcendent figures."

Summitt is in her 38th season as Tennessee's coach. Her victory total, which stands at 1,075 and counting after Sunday's 73-57 victory over Texas, is the all-time best in NCAA basketball history. The Lady Vols have won eight national championships under her guidance with the titles spanning three decades.

SI senior writer Alexander Wolff has written a feature on both coaches for the magazine that details not only the arch of their respective careers but their adaptability and knack for handling adversity and taking up causes beyond their normal realm.

Summitt has become a compelling figure for those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. She announced in August that she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type but will continue coaching. While she is relying heavily on her assistants coaches, Summitt has maintained her presence and has her say in the daily management of the team.

A "We Back Pat" T-shirt campaign this fall generated more than $150,000 in donations as part of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. At halftime of a Nov. 27 game against Baylor at Thompson-Boling Arena, Summitt and her son, Tyler, announced the formation of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund. The foundation will make grants to nonprofit organizations that provide Alzheimer's education and research as well as support services.

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VolNavy writes:

Why not!! There's none better!!

AHoffman writes:

Congratulations. An honor well deserved.

nattybumpo writes:

Two words;...........Just Great!

SoddyVol writes:

Even with her problems, she continues to be an encouragement and help to others. Just a Great Lady! Well deserved.

Vol_Stuck_in_GA writes:

Congratulations, no one deserves it more.

VOLliven2it writes:

I think this is fantastic for a wonderful woman who has contributed so much over the years for women's college basketball. Way to Go Coach Summit, we love you and are pulling and praying for you!

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to nattybumpo:

Two words;...........Just Great!

Two more words...The Best!

shoelessvol#236864 writes:

My sister played on Pat's first team at UT. NO ONE has had more of an influence on women's college sports than Pat...and no one ever will! This is an honor that is richly deserved by one of the finest ladies in sports!!

BigBadVol writes:

I love Pat and feel she deserves all the accolades given to her. She is simply the best.

FearlessFreep writes:

A well-deserved culmination of a career. Here's hoping the team can send her out this year with another NCAA title.

Aerosailor writes:

Outstanding!! That's the way to go Pat!! Coach K you are ok too. Great Kudo's to Pat!!

VolzsFan writes:

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SummittsCourt writes:

Congratulations to Pat for being such an outstanding role model for both women and men. She is all class as she gave the props to her players and coaches.

She is awesome!

jimr07 writes:

Pat made womens basketball revelant.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

A well-deserved culmination of a career. Here's hoping the team can send her out this year with another NCAA title.

Fearless, I understand why people think this is Pat's last year, but it is not - title or not.

Munsterlander writes:

Good stuff!

Anybody else think CPS could take Krzyzewski?

NeylandWest writes:

Through the years, we've been blessed to count on her to humbly weave a bright and stainless thread of hope, class and prestige into the fabric that is all-things Tennessee Volunteers.

In my mind, she's second to none.

GetThis writes:

A TRUE "AMERICAN TREASURE" !!!!!
We are SO fortunate to have her in Tennessee to learn all of life lessons we have caught from her.

I_Bleed_Orng writes:

An honor well deserved. A body of work equaled by none. A competitive spirit I wish so many of our men's programs had.

Pat, from a former student, thank you so much for all that you have done for our university. Your integrity and perseverance is an inspiration to us all. Your passion for your art is growing more and more rare. I'm pretty sure if you look up the word character in Webster's, your picture is there.

Truly, truly, love you. GO VOLS!

GreerVol22 writes:

quite the Lady..no one has or ever will do it better.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Congratulations Pat! We are so lucky to have you!

Noogaorange writes:

in response to nattybumpo:

Two words;...........Just Great!

one word...... awesome!!!!
GBO

fromeasttn writes:

Well deserved!

hallmo11 writes:

Thank you, Sports Illustrated, for sharing with the world what those of us on Rocky Top have known for years.
The perfect choice.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

Personally, I think this should happen EVERY year. Pat Summit is a rock-star!!! Love that woman!

Congratulations Coach! You deserve it!!!

Razzle writes:

"They join UCLA’s John Wooden (1972) and North Carolina’s Dean Smith (1997) as the only college basketball coaches to be given the SI award." -washington post

johnlg00 writes:

Well-deserved honors for both great coaches. "Fail" to Dan for "arch of their respective careers". It's ARC, though of course spell-check wouldn't catch that. Sometimes there is no substitute for an education.

AWOLVol writes:

My two words...Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong overdue.

ps11824 writes:

One of many accolades to come in the very near future. This one is so deserved and very special, very rare for the female gender to receive the Sportsperson of The Year. But then Pat is a rare bird. Uniquely special in so many ways. Congrats to our coach.

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