Tennessee Head Women's Basketball Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt has received yet another honor, earning her newest recognition Thursday night at the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony.
For more than three decades, the GKSHOF Dinner and Induction Ceremony has celebrated excellence in athletics while benefiting the life-changing work of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV). Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history during her 38 seasons as head coach of the Lady Vols, has a legacy of excellence in working with young people and a reputation for her work in the community.
Those are just two reasons why she was named the inaugural recipient of the Ignite Greatness Award. The award will be known from now on as the Pat Summitt Ignite Greatness Award.
The award's presenters explained, “to ignite greatness is to believe that every person has limitless potential that we must discover, ignite and foster. No one better exemplifies this idea than Pat Summitt. We appreciate Coach Summitt's support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley's efforts to ignite greatness. She sees the potential within our community's youth, from the Boys & Girls Clubs to the basketball courts. She is the spark that will ignite greatness in generations to come.”
The Sports Hall of Fame is made possible each year by the generous sponsors who support the youth programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. This year's featured speaker was Phil Niekro, a Major League Hall of Fame Pitcher and five-time Gold Glove Award recipient.
In addition to Summitt receiving her award, Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington and former UT football players Todd Kelly, Terry McDaniel and Charlie Severance were inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.