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On Tuesday morning, the basketball world lost a legend. Pat Summitt, the winningnest coach in NCAA Division I history, passed away after spending four decades in the spotlight as one of the foremost trailblazers in women’s sports.
For those 40 years, she was a fighter. She was a champion for the University of Tennessee. She was a pioneer for women in sports. She was an advocate for her loved ones, for her fans and for anyone and everyone who needed a voice.
As President Barack Obama said in a statement, Summitt’s legacy “is measured” by “the generations of young women and men who admired Pat’s intense competitiveness and character, and as a result found in themselves the confidence to practice hard, play harder, and live with courage on and off the court.”
Given Summitt’s impact on so many lives, it was no surprise that as soon as news broke of her death, past players, longtime friends and some of the most notable names in sports joined Obama in expressing their respect for one of the greatest to ever step on the sidelines.
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