Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pat Summitt Confirmed as Keynoter for NSGA Conference/Summit

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL – Pat Summitt, the college basketball coach who has won more games than any other – men’s or women’s – coach in the history of the sport, will be the keynote speaker at the 44th Annual NSGA Management Conference & 10th Annual Team Dealer Summit, which will be held May 4-7, 2008, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.

Summitt, who started the 2007-08 season with 947 victories and whose University of Tennessee Lady Vols are the reigning NCAA champions, has won seven NCAA national championships and 26 Southeastern Conference tournament and regular season titles. Her teams have made an unprecedented 26 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16 and have produced 12 Olympians, 19 Kodak All Americans and 69 all-conference performers.

“We are fortunate to have Pat Summitt as our keynote speaker,” said NSGA Chairman of the Board Bruce Ullery, President & CEO of MC Sports. “She has led hundreds of young women to reach great heights, both on the basketball court and in life, and she will share with us the principles that have helped her become the successful leader that she is.”

Through the years, Summitt has worn many hats at the University of Tennessee, as a student, educator and coach. She’ll be the first to say that her success is due to the players who have represented the university since she came on board as head coach in 1974, when she was just 22 years old.

Incredibly, every Lady Vol player since 1976 has played in at least one Final Four during her career at Tennessee. There have been three classes of players in school history to go to the Final Four all four years of their UT tenure.

“Pat Summitt is a special person who has achieved what few can even hope to accomplish,” Ullery said.

The Management Conference title sponsor is the Sport Finance Program from GE Money. Team Dealer Summit co-sponsors are Mueller Sports Medicine, Russell Athletic, Sporting Goods Dealer and the NSGA Team Dealer Division.

A complete schedule of speakers, panel discussions, workshops, networking time and social activities will be included in brochures that will be mailed in January and posted on the NSGA website (

For more information, please contact Sue Wenderski or Chuck Suritz at NSGA, (800) 815-5422, or e-mail:

About NSGA:
NSGA, which has served the sporting goods industry since 1929, organizes and hosts the annual NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, the sporting goods industry’s premier educational and networking event (Next: May 4-7, 2008 at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.).

For more information on NSGA member services, visit the Association home page (; call Rhonda Onuszko at NSGA, (847) 296-6742, Ext. 131; e-mail:; or fax (847) 391-9827.

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