ESPYs to honor Pat Summitt with Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt, will be presented with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPY Awards.

Summit stepped down as head coach of the Lady Vols in April due to a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

Pat Summitt’s accomplishments as a coach and mentor are unmatched as she has dedicated her life to serving as an inspiration and a motivator for generations of young students and athletes,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s EVP of Programming and Acquisitions. “As she enters this next phase of her life focusing on transforming her personal adversity into making an impact on the fight against Alzheimer’s, we could not be more proud to honor her as the recipient of the 2012 Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

This is bittersweet, because I remember Summitt’s touching tribute and presentation in 2007 of the Jimmy V Award to her then colleague, Kay Yow (former head coach of North Carolina State), who was battling cancer. Yow succumbed to cancer in 2009.


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