In her 38 years coaching the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, Pat Summitt received hundreds of honors. Her teams won more than 1,000 games, 32 Southeastern Conference championships and eight national championships. Her players who completed their playing eligibility at UT had a 100 percent graduation rate. And since being diagnosed with early onset dementia a little over two years ago, she has led a foundation that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund Alzheimer's research.
For all of those reasons and more, the next edition of the Tennessee Blue Book is being dedicated to Coach Summitt.
"Coach Summitt has been an inspiration to countless Tennesseans first as a basketball coach and more recently as a strong advocate for Alzheimer's research," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I am pleased that the next edition of the Tennessee Blue Book will pay tribute to her legacy."
"As a proud Tennessean, I am honored to be recognized in the Tennessee Blue Book," Coach Summitt said. "I'm grateful for the support I have always felt throughout the state of Tennessee and now for The Pat Summitt Foundation. I'm proud to call Tennessee my home!"
The Tennessee Blue Book, published every two years, is the definitive manual on Tennessee state government, with detailed information about all three branches of government, including biographies of all members of the Tennessee General Assembly.
It also contains information on the federal government, Tennessee history, election statistics and much more. The Tennessee Blue Book is published by Secretary of State's office and will be available for distribution soon.