You Can?t Honour Pat Summitt If You Don?t Respect Women?s Sports
How do you truly honor someone as great as Pat Summitt, the legendary women?s college basketball coach who died Tuesday morning at the age of 64 after a courageous battle with early onset Alzheimer?s disease? In the past few days, thousands have tried, mostly by sharing stories about their time with the long-time University of Tennessee coach.
These stories ? of her going into labor during a recruiting visit, helping a coach she?d never met before find her rental car in an enormous parking lot in the pouring rain, taking over a men?s basketball practice at Tennessee and forced them to run sprints because the guys were goofing off too much ? are all an undeniable part of her legacy.
Summitt was headstrong and resilient, demanding but compassionate, and embracing these characteristics are a wonderful way to honor her. But the best way to pay tribute to Summitt is by embracing her insistence that women?s sports ? and, by extension, women in sports ? are worthy of just as much respect and admiration as their male counterparts.
Juliet Macur of the New York Times wrote that when Summitt was offered a chance to coach men’s basketball, she responded, ?Why is that considered a step up??
That question right there is, in and of itself, a radical act. And it’s part of her legacy that is still very much a work in progress.
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