Former Lady Vol Candace Parker Shares Touching Letter from Pat Summitt (Tweet)


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On Tuesday the world lost a sports icon. Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of Division I college basketball, passed away at the age of 64.

Summitt wasn’t just a brilliant coach who practically invented women’s college basketball as we know it. While Summitt was a steely-eyed taskmaster on the basketball court, off the court she was a kind person who went out of her way to be kind. So the memories pouring in from people whose lives she touched have been pretty great.

Here’s a pretty great one from former Lady Vol Candace Parker, a two-time WNBA MVP who holds the distinction of being the first woman to dunk in an NCAA Tournament game. She kept the note Pat Summitt wrote to her asking her to come to the University of Tennesse, and on Tuesday she shared it on Twitter.

Take a look:

Here’s a story from Courtney Banghart, head coach of the Princeton Tigers women’s basketball team:

And here’s a story former player Chamique Holdsclaw relayed to the Associated Press:

When things spiraled out of control when I was in D.C., having these blackouts and things, Coach Summitt was knocking at my door. She spent time talking with me after the season. She wanted to make sure I was ok and getting the medical attention I needed. When I lost my grandmother, when I was really struggling with my mental illness, whenever I needed her, she was there for me. When she first went public with her battle with dementia, our UT family rallied around her, but we all believed that if anyone could beat the odds it would be coach Summitt.

RIP, Pat Summitt.

Hat Tip – [Deadspin]

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