Hours after a report emerged detailing the failing health of former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, her family has released an official statement.
Summitt, diagnosed with early-onset dementia in August 2011, has been living at an upscale retirement home since January and remained there as of late Saturday night, according to a report from the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Her family released the following statement Sunday morning through the Pat Summitt Foundation website and Erin Freeman, a public relations specialist.
“On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.”
Summitt helped lead Tennessee to eight national championships and won 1,098 games as head coach of the Lady Vols. Despite the remarkable success of UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma (955 all-time wins), Summitt still holds the NCAA record for coaching the most victories in the history of the sport.
The Tennessee family as well as a portion of the basketball media took to Twitter on Sunday morning to offer up thoughts and praise toward Summitt and her family.
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) June 26, 2016