Monday, March 31, 2014

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Plans Pat Summitt Exhibit

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame announced a permanent Pat Summitt
exhibit that will open Friday, the first day of activities for the
2014 NCAA Women's Final Four.

The Pat Summitt exhibit will feature memorabilia, photos, videos and
interactive displays highlighting the former women's college
basketball coach.

The Nashville Local Organizing Committee is providing free admission
to the exhibit, which is located inside Bridgestone Arena, from Friday
through April 8.

Now the head coach emeritus of the Lady Vols, Summitt is the all-time
winningest coach -- men's or women's -- in NCAA basketball history. Her
eight NCAA national championships are second-most only to the record
10 titles by UCLA men's coach John Wooden. She is the only coach in
NCAA history, and one of three college coaches overall, with at least
1,000 victories.

"Pat Summitt has been the single most influential person in women's
sports," said Bill Emendorfer, executive director of the Tennessee
Sports Hall of Fame. "As a native Tennessean, her roots and values run
deep with the heritage of this great state. It seems fitting to open
the Pat Summitt Exhibit during the Women's Final Four. The exhibit
offers a unique opportunity to follow this Tennessee legend from her
youth to her career as both a player and coach. It will be an
opportunity to catch a glimpse of how Coach Summitt rose from a
Tennessee farm girl to a national legend."

The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; and
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 8.

"Our NLOC decided early in the process that we needed to leave our
community with a lasting legacy of celebrating women's basketball and
women's athletics. Working closely with the Tennessee Sports Hall of
Fame, we committed to opening this Pat Summitt exhibit in Nashville
during Final Four week. What better way to celebrate Tennessee's own
Coach Pat Summitt than with 30,000 basketball fans," said Margaret
Behm, co-chairwoman of the Nashville Local Organizing Committee.
"Coach Summitt changed women's basketball in this state and in our
country and we are proud to be a part of this living legacy that
celebrates her amazing career."

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