Past few days ‘difficult’ for former Tennessee coach Summitt
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of Pat Summitt says the last few days have been difficult for the former Tennessee women’s basketball coach as her Alzheimer’s disease progresses.
Amid reports of Summitt’s failing health, her family issued a statement Sunday asking for prayers and saying that the 64-year-old Summitt is surrounded by the people who mean the most to her. They also asked for privacy.
Here is the entire statement:
“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.”
Erin Freeman, on behalf of the Pat Summitt family
Former Tennessee player Tamika Catchings was flying to Knoxville instead of returning to Indiana with the WNBA’s Fever to visit the coach.
Summitt stepped down as Tennessee’s coach in 2012, one year after announcing her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Summitt went 1,098-208 with eight national titles. She has the most career wins of any Division I men’s or women’s basketball coach.