Legendary former Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt has been struggling with dementia for several years, and her condition took a turn for the worse over the past couple days. Her foundation released a statement updating the public on her condition, and an immediate outpouring of support and well-wishes ensued online.
Summitt has touched the lives of thousands of people throughout her life, and many of those people are former players, coaches, colleagues, or other people involved in coaching in any number of sports. Others are involved in media or have met Pat through some of the many things she pursued off the court.
However they know her, people have always loved Pat Summitt. And here are just a few of those who have reached out to her and her family via social media.
Current Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones:
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) June 26, 2016
Former Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe:
— David Cutcliffe (@DavidCutcliffe) June 26, 2016
Former Tennessee basketball head coach Bruce Pearl:
Pat, you are in my thoughts & prayers. My dear trusted friend,May God be with you & your family. Your legacy will live forever. #PrayForPat
— Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) June 26, 2016
Former Florida Gators and South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier:
One of the Best coaches of all time- and a great friend! Our prayers go out to Coach and her family. #PrayingForPat??
— Coach Steve Spurrier (@SC_HBC) June 26, 2016
SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum:
No coach has ever had a more profound and lasting impact on their sport than Pat Summitt. #PrayForPat
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 26, 2016
Tennesse’s PA announcer, Jeff Jarnigan:
— Jeff Jarnigan (@JeffJarnigan) June 26, 2016
Former Lady Vols basketball player Meighan Simmons:
— Meighan Simmons (@meighan_simmons) June 26, 2016
Former UConn basketball player Swin Cash:
A lot of emotion this morning. Got the news Late last night abt Coach Summit. #PrayForPat Praying for all my Tenn sis as well?? with y’all!
— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) June 26, 2016
Former basketball player and current Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts:
Hope you don’t mind that I ask for prayers for a dear friend close to the end of her journey. Would mean a lot to her fam, Peace be w/ you❤️
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) June 25, 2016
Former Vol football player Jacques McClendon:
I hope every female athlete understands how 1 Tennessean changed the course of women’s sports forever. My daughter will 1 day. #PrayForPat
— Jacques McClendon (@jmcc65) June 26, 2016
Former Vol football player and current VLZ radio host Jayson Swain:
— Jayson Swain (@SwainEvent) June 26, 2016
College sports radio host Bill King:
Don’t know that I have ever interviewed anyone with a more commanding presence than Pat Summitt. #PrayForPat
— Bill King (@BillisKing) June 26, 2016