During 38 years of coaching the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team, Pat Summitt received hundreds of honors and accolades. To which she can add one more: The 2013-2014 Tennessee Blue Book has been dedicated to her in recognition of her career as a coach, a life-skills mentor and an aggressive fundraiser for Alzheimer's disease research.
Coach Summitt was honored during a ceremony at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville Friday afternoon. Among those in attendance were Tennessee state legislators, University of Tennessee representatives and employees of the Pat Summitt Foundation, the organization that coordinates her fundraising for Alzheimer's research, and Secretary of State Tre Hargett, whose office publishes the Blue Book on behalf of the General Assembly.
"During her career, Coach Summitt won more than 1,000 games, 32 Southeastern Conference championships and eight national championships, but she is far more than a basketball coach," said Secretary Hargett. "She helped positively shape the lives of the young women who played for her. I think one of the most telling statistics about her career is that every player who completed her eligibility on Coach Summitt's teams also graduated from college. Since retiring, Coach Summitt has taken a different kind of leadership role by raising awareness and money for Alzheimer's research."
To honor Coach Summitt, a limited number of Tennessee Blue Books were printed with covers in the University of Tennessee's trademark orange color. (The traditional blue Blue Books are also available.)
The Tennessee Blue Book, which is 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.
The Blue Book also contains information on the federal government, Tennessee history, election statistics and much more. The Blue Book, published by the Secretary of State's office, is now available free of charge to Tennessee residents.
To obtain a copy of the Blue Book, contact one of your local legislative representatives in the General Assembly.