Saturday, February 23, 2013

ESPN Announces Pat Summitt as Subject for "Nine for IX" Documentary

ESPN has revealed this year's upcoming documentaries for its "Nine for IX" initiative (a series of documentaries like the 30 for 30 series; the name comes from these films being focused on "captivating stories of women in sports told through the lens of female filmmaker").

ESPN has revealed that the subject for one of these documentaries will be former Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, in a documentary produced by Robin Roberts.

The summary as follows from the release:

Pat XO (Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern / Produced by Robin Roberts)

On April 18, 2012, Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of the NCAA basketball, did the unimaginable and announced her resignation from the University of Tennessee. On the very same day, her son Tyler was named assistant coach of the Marquette’s women’s basketball team, his first job out of college. While the sports world reeled from the news of Pat’s early on-set Alzheimer’s, the coach and her son quietly set out to beat this challenge just as they had every other – with grace, humor and most of all, each other. Pat XO tells the remarkable story of Pat Summitt as it’s never been told before. This raw, authentic portrait takes the camera from the filmmaker’s hands and places it into those who know her best. With Tyler as the lead storyteller, moving recollections are shared by assistant coaches, players like Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and Michelle Marciniak, fellow coach Geno Auriemma, and such admirers as Peyton Manning and Kenny Chesney. The archival footage and statistical records woven into the film provide their own insights into a woman who cared about winning, but also about elevating her players and her university. If it’s possible to do justice to Pat Summitt, Pat XO does it.

The series is scheduled to premiere on July 2 on ESPN and the films will air over consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8pm ET.

I'm not sure if the order in which they will air has been announced yet.

ESPN Films and espnW Announce Nine for IX

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