Alexander: Pat Summitt Showed Us the Measure of a Real Champion

Posted on June 28, 2016

Photo credit: Knoxville News Sentinel 

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the passing of Pat Summitt:

“It’s hard for people outside Tennessee to understand just how much Pat Summitt became a part of the lives of so many citizens in our state. She took time for community events. She taught us the game of women’s college basketball. And she was so up front and personal about it, with her famous stare and her discussion of her extraordinary athletes, what their strengths were and what they had to work on, we all felt we not only knew her, we knew the athletes as well. 

“Pat did far more than win eight national championships: she changed the lives of the young women she coached, she showed us the measure of a real champion and her fight against Alzheimer’s set an example for us all.”

From 1988 to 1991, Alexander served as president of the University of Tennessee where he had the privilege of watching Pat Summitt coach the Lady Vols to the 1989 NCAA championship.