Jun 30, 2016 12:49 AM EDT
Legendary Sports Hero Pat Summitt: Ends Game Peacefully! [VIDEO]
Basketball sports legend, Pat Summitt died yesterday June 28, 2016 at 4:43 P.M. of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 64.
For the record, Summitt wrote NCAA history with 8 national championships and a "1,098-208 record".
She was considered a sports hero by many due to the series of selfless and courageous acts she had displayed in the name of sports.
She forever changed the history of Basketball coaching/playing by a woman during the height of her career in the mid-1970's, USA Today reported.
But beyond these deeds, Summitt was remembered more as a simple person who had touched many lives.
Eventually, Summitt held the best record for more games won by anyone in "College Basketball coaching history".
What cemented her career in Basketball coaching was perhaps her initiative in leading the University of Tennessee's Lady Volunteers into becoming a straight-winning team.
Summitt's colleagues and team players fondly remember her as a fierce and dedicated force behind every playing body in the team.
Apparently, it was her win-aiming eye that caught 1,098 victory spots in the many national titles for Basketball within the decade.
All these transpired in her 38-year reign.
Furthermore, due to her motherly coaching, her team was able to make an unheeded 31 consecutive breaks in the NCAA tournaments, CNN reported.
This, together with the record-breaking number of wins had been achieved by only one name in the Division 1 Basketball coaches' list- and that's Pat Summitt, of course, CNN again reported.
In the NCAA Basketball history, she was believed to have begun her step for heroic milestone during her head coaching of the historical Lady Vols in 1974.
She was 22 at that time then and the women's basketball was yet to be recognized by the NCAA. As her players would put it, she complacently acted as their mother and driver right then and there.
By that time, she was literally driving the van for the road games and loading the team's uniforms to the washing machine.
At the age of 59, she has yet to face her biggest opponent, a dreadful diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease.
And, finally yesterday afternoon at 4, she had finished the game ever victorious and confident.
At the moment, her son Tyler Summit confirms a public funeral ceremony to be held on Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee while the Vols community mourns and the whole Tennessee issues a statement calling her "a global icon who transcended sports and spent her entire life making a difference in other people's lives", News Channel reported.
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