Alexander, Frist Cosponsor Resolution Honoring Pat Summitt

Posted on April 6, 2005

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today cosponsored a Senate resolution honoring the achievements of University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt. On March 22, 2005, Summitt surpassed Dean Smith, former head basketball coach of the University of North Carolina men’s team, as the winningest coach in NCAA sports with an historic 880 victories. The resolution honors her commitment to the University of Tennessee as both a leader and mentor since 1974. “Only 53 fans witnessed Coach Summitt’s first win; but, from that day forth, Coach Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols started what is now an unprecedented winning tradition,” said Frist. I join together with the many Lady Vol fans in acknowledging Coach Pat Summitt for her service to her team, the University of Tennessee and the game of basketball. Her dedication to excellence over the past 31 years has been exemplary and has made her a role model for future generations of students, players and coaches.” “We live in a society of televised images in which we see a steady stream of people who are at the top of their game for 15 minutes, or for a few months, or a few years, but for Pat Summitt, it has been 31 years at the top of her game, and there is no end in sight,” said Alexander. “No one has done more to build the game of women’s basketball than Pat Summitt. Her objective is to build the game up as much as it is to win the game. She also puts a focus on the academic achievement of her players, which certainly sets the right tone for college sports. I know how proud I was as president of the University of Tennessee to have one of the most visible symbols of our university to have such high values.”