Friday, September 14, 2012

More honors for Pat Summitt

The Knoxville Association of Women Executives honored former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt on Thursday as their 2012 Notable Woman Award Winner.

Summitt, who stepped down in April after 38 years as coach of the Lady Vols to become head coach emeritus for the program, was selected from a group of women nominated by the community and selected by a committee of KAWE members.

A cash award will be given to a charity of the winner's choice. Summitt, who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia Alzheimer's type, has established the Pat Summitt Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide Alzheimer's education and research as well as support services.

Last Friday, Summitt was recognized by UT with a Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award, which honors alumni who have attained extraordinary distinction and success in their chosen fields.

Former UT guard Kara Lawson Barling, an analyst with ESPN and a member of the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, received an Alumni Promise Award, which recognizes alumni 40 years old or younger.

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