Friends, family, and fans alike are invited to witness the dedication of the Pat Summitt Plaza and Statue in Knoxville, Tennessee.
On November 22, at 11:00 a.m., everyone will be able to see the finished product of the plaza and statue at the corner of Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way.
Internationally-known artist and sculptor David Adickes of Houston, Texas is currently building the bronze statue of Summitt.
The winningest coach in NCAA men’s or women’s basketball was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2011. Summitt made the brave decision to continue as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols for the 2011-2012 season, but with a lesser role. During that season, her assistant since 1985, Holly Warlick, took most of the responsibilities as head coach. Warlick became Summitt’s successor after Summitt retired at the end of the 2011-2012 season.
Summitt ended her 38-year career with a record of 1,098 wins in 1,306 games.
Many fans are already putting the dedication in their calendars.
Pat Summit is getting a bronze statue on campus!
— Daytona Wallace (@DzaneW) October 16, 2013
While some are upset they won’t be able to make it to the event.
I won't be on campus when they unveil the Pat Summit memorial statue Nov.22!! Very upsetting.
— Nick Lew (@00NickLew) October 16, 2013
For those who do plan on attending, be prepared for some road closures in the area. At 9:00 a.m., Phillip Fulmer Way will close from the Andy Holt Tower administrative parking garage entrance to the intersection with Lake Loudoun Boulevard. Then at 10:30 a.m., Lake Loudoun Boulevard will close from Neyland Drive to Volunteer Boulevard. Attendees can find available parking at the G-10 garage, which is located between Thompson-Boling Arena and Neyland Stadium.
So wear your orange and support the amazing woman that is Pat Summitt. (As a non-Vol fan, the orange part was very hard to say, but Summitt really is a great lady.)
For more information on the project and how you can contribute with the over 550 that already have, visit www.patsummittplaza.com