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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  June 14, 1952
  • Accomplishments:  Arthur Ashe, NCAA Basketball Championship
  • Fun Faith Fact!: 

    Went into labor on an airplane but refused to let the pilot land because they were flying over Virginia, and Virginia had beaten her team recently.

Basketball was in Pat Summitt's blood from a very early age, so much so that her family moved from their hometown of Clarksville to nearby Henrietta, so Summitt could attend a school with a girls' basketball team.

She attended University of Tennessee, winning All-American honors for their first female head coach, and later co-captained the U.S. Women's National Team as a player at the inaugural women's tournament at the 1976 Summer Olympics, winning silver. Eight years later, she returned as coach of the women's national team, taking them to gold, becoming the first U.S. Olympian to win a basketball medal and coach a medal winning team.

Summitt's son played for the Tennessee men's basketball team, and was hired as Marquette University women's basketball team, announced on the same day as his mother's retirement.

Pat Summitt's record career spanned 38 years and over a thousand wins.

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