Pat Summitt given New York Athletic Club Legends Award

Tennessee women's basketball head coach emeritus Pat Summitt is presented the New York Athletic Club's Winged Foot Legends Award on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. From left, Gene DeSoiza, James W. O'Brien, Chairman, Winged Foot Award Committee, Summitt and Dominic Bruzzese, Vice President, New York Athletic Club. (Special to the News Sentinel/New York Athletic Club).

Tennessee women's basketball head coach emeritus Pat Summitt is presented the New York Athletic Club's Winged Foot Legends Award on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. From left, Gene DeSoiza, James W. O'Brien, Chairman, Winged Foot Award Committee, Summitt and Dominic Bruzzese, Vice President, New York Athletic Club. (Special to the News Sentinel/New York Athletic Club).

University of Tennessee women’s basketball head coach emeritus Pat Summitt was given the New York Athletic Club Winged Foot Legends’ Award on Tuesday.

“We are privileged that Coach Summitt has accepted our Legends’ Award,” James W. O’Brien, Chairman of the Winged Foot Award Committee, said in a news release. “If there is any coach who merits the title ‘legend,’ it is certainly she.”

“To be the recipient of the NYAC’s Winged Foot Legends’ Award is quite humbling,” Summitt said. “I find myself in the company of six very distinguished gentlemen, several of whom I consider dear friends, and who have certainly made their mark on the game of basketball.

"Over the years, I have learned that you win in life with people. Life is much about relationships, and throughout my playing and coaching careers, I was blessed to be surrounded by incredibly talented student-athletes, coaches, staff members and the University of Tennessee Knoxville and Martin campuses that supported me. It has been an amazing journey and to receive this award from the NYAC is a very special honor for me.”

Other recipients are Dean Smith, John Wooden, Lou Carnesecca, Al Maguire, Ray Lumpp and Bob Knight.

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Comments » 7

LouisVol writes:

Well deserved recognition. I hope she is still able to appreciate these honors and that they provide a sense of accomplishment for her. We won't see another like her.

wigmeister writes:

She is a legend of the game. Congrats!

rb4346 writes:

Congratulations Pat, you are what being a Vol is all about. There will never be another lady or man Vol like you. You are more than a legend. When someone hears the name Tennesse Vols, you are what they think of. Thank you for everything. GBO!!!

ps11824 writes:

Congrats, thats a big one. Never ceases to amaze me what a huge impact Pat has been on the game of basketball; and such a humanitarian. Wow!

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

Still our coach. Still our friend. Still our family. We still back Pat.

Theo writes:

Wonderful and well deserved honor. Great lesson on where success truly comes from.

johnlg00 writes:

I have no idea who Ray Lumpp is, but to be in the company of those other legends is only appropriate to one of the most influential and inspirational Tennesseans in any walk of life in the last 50 years or so.

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