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Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin rides on a boat with his mother, Sandra, on Aug. 14 in Lake Como, Italy, during the team's Italy exhibition tour. Growing up, Martin's mother placed in him the desire to fight to escape from a tough area in East St. Louis and follow his dreams. While the outside world was tough for Martin growing up, inside his home was filled with love created by Sandra.

Brendan Quinn/News Sentinel
Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin rides on a boat with his mother, Sandra, on Aug. 14 in Lake Como, Italy, during the team's Italy exhibition tour. Growing up, Martin's mother placed in him the desire to fight to escape from a tough area in East St. Louis and follow his dreams. While the outside world was tough for Martin growing up, inside his home was filled with love created by Sandra.

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