They said she was the “winning-est coach” ever with 38 winning seasons, and more NCAA college basketball games won than any coach, man or woman. Pat Summit, former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, died recently at 64 having been diagnosed five years ago with early onset dementia, the Alzheimer’s type.
I’ve always admired her career achievements and ground breaking contributions to women’s sports equality. But, it’s her interview with Robin Roberts after that diagnosis that stays with me. Asked by Roberts about the diagnosis, Pat responded, “It may not be the best thing, but you just gotta make it what it is and keep living your life.”
That is the choice. It is the choice for us, too, even though (continue reading →)