Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
President Obama will honor theÂ retiring, legendary womenâ€™s basketball coachÂ with theÂ highest civilian award. PerÂ Reuters:
â€œPresident Barack Obama said on Thursday he will give the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the top civilian honor, to retiring University of Tennessee womenâ€™s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who amassed the most wins of any menâ€™s or womenâ€™s collegiate basketball coach. Summitt, 59, announced her retirement on Wednesday following the disclosure last year that she suffers from early-onset dementia.
Obama, an avid basketball fan, said he was awarding her the medal for her inspiring work as a coach and for her willingness to speak openly and courageously about her battle with Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Summitt coached the Tennessee womenâ€™s team since 1974 and compiled a record of 1,098 wins and 208 losses, winning eight national championships. She also coached the U.S. womenâ€™s basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles in 1984.â€