Alexander Congratulates Pat Summitt on Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posted on April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., today released the following statement on the White House’s announcement that Pat Summitt will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor:

“Pat Summitt did far more than win eight NCAA championships and more games than any other coach in college basketball – she changed the game, she changed the lives of the young women she coached, and we all hope her efforts to fight Alzheimer’s and find a cure will change many more lives. That’s the kind of inspiration over her 38 years at UT that earned her our ‘nation’s highest civilian honor,’ the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and I congratulate her for it.”

Yesterday, Senator Alexander spoke on the Senate floor about Summitt’s announcement that she was stepping down as head coach of the Lady Vols, saying, “Women's college basketball will never be the same without Pat Summitt and women's college basketball would never be what it is today if it weren't for Pat Summitt”; click HERE to watch the speech.