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I devoured this book I grew up in an era when women s sports was in its infancy I was a part of our high school women s basketball team my senior year in high school it was the second year for our high school to have a women s basketball team I loved it I participated in intramural women s sports all through high school and loved it I got hooked on University of Tennessee s Lady Vols for the first time, however, in 1997 when I watched them beat everybody they encountered and go on to win a three peat championship That was I believe in 1997 1997 was a year of emotional struggle for me and God used Pat Summit to challenge me to press through and break out of the emotional struggle I was in just WATCHING her coach helped me re capture the competetive edge that I had lost in life and come back fighting She will never know how many women she influenced just watching her intensity and passion and drive to win I saw in her someone who was involved in sports was driven to win but never lost the truly feminine touch of compassion and caring and devotion to her young players She isn t a masculine woman she is just a classy lady When I heard that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer s type, my heart broke and then when I saw she had written her memoirs I snatched it up immediately She REMAINS a fighter, a classy fighter against an opponent that she has acknowledged she will never completely overcome, but she will hold out as long as she can As an RN I work in the dementia unit of a wonderful nursing home I know where this disease takes people ultimately and my heart breaks, but I know that Pat Summit will keep it at bay for as long as it s possible to keep it at bay Go Coach Summit I m cheering for you I don t feel like I have the words to express how much Pat Summitt has meant to me in my life She and I have never interacted but her first book Reach for the Summit has been read over and over again and she s been a role model for my life Now that I know a little about what happened to her in her life and during some of those tournament games I watched some even in person , I respect her even She built women s basketball into probably the most popular women s sport in the US from the ground up Her legacy lives on among the many, many alumna that coach the game at all levels She may not call herself a feminist, but she fought the struggle and made so many breakthroughs for women and girls in sports possible. @Download ⚠ Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective õ Pat Summitt, The All Time Winningest Coach In NCAA Basketball History And Bestselling Author Of Reach For The Summitt And Raise The Roof, Tells For The First Time Her Remarkable Story Of Victory And Resilience As Well As Facing Down Her Greatest Challenge Early Onset Alzheimer S DiseasePat Summitt Was Only When She Became Head Coach Of The Tennessee Vols Women S Basketball Team For Years, She Has Broken Records, Winning Games Than Any NCAA Team In Basketball History She Has Coached An Undefeated Season, Co Captained The First Women S Olympic Team, Was Inducted Into The Basketball Hall Of Fame, And Has Been Named Sports Illustrated Sportswoman Of The YearShe Owes Her Coaching Success To Her Personal Struggles And Triumphs She Learned To Be Tough From Her Strict, Demanding Father Motherhood Taught Her To Balance That Rigidity With Communication And Kindness She Is A Role Model For The Many Women She S Coached Of Her Players Have Become CoachesPat S Life Took A Shocking Turn In , When She Was Diagnosed With Early Onset Alzheimer S Disease, An Irreversible Brain Condition That Affects Million Americans Despite Her Devastating Diagnosis, She Led The Vols To Win Their Sixteenth SEC Championship In March Pat Continues To Be A Fighter, Facing This New Challenge The Way She S Faced Every Other With Hard Work, Perseverance, And A Sense Of Humor Toward the end of this moving book, Summitt writes, How to sum it up Perhaps with the realization that makes me happiest my Tennessee legacy is not some flat, dry record on a piece of paper, but a beautiful tree with living branches What came across most vividly in this book was her commitment to developing her players into strong women both on and off the court Did you know that she had a 100% graduation rate for her players She made sure her players worked hard in all aspects of their college careers.Coach Summitt had a demanding father, and her upbringing had a huge impact on her coaching style She reflects on this in the book in a very honest way She also gives us great insight into how she developed her coaching style and the techniques she worked out to get the best out of her players.I was really impressed by her story I was so moved by how her own autobiography is focused not so much on her, but on her relationships with her family, her fellow coaches, and most especially on her players Coach Summitt is a tough woman have you seen her death ray stares Scary this book does nothing to dispel that impression but it also leaves us with a clear sense of the commitment she made to the relationships with her players They have definitely benefited from some of those death ray stares. How do I Sum It Up to write a review for this book Incredible Amazing Inspirational You do not need to be a Tennessee Vols fan to enjoy this book Heck, you don t even need to be a basketball fan to enjoy this book Pat Summitt is a one of a kind woman, coach, and mentor When you read this book it will become clear as day why she has the most wins in NCAA basketball history than any men s coach Her impact on the institution of basketball and the development of women s basketball changed the course of history The program would not be what it is today without Pat Summitt.I still remember my First Lady Vols game I was fortunate enough to attend The University of Tennessee and had several classes with some of her Lady Vol players They truly are a class act I also had several classes with football players, and the difference between the two is like night and day That s a testament to the character and integrity Coach Summitt put into and required of her program She had a 100% graduation rate Education first, basketball second Pat Summitt you are deeply, deeply missed I encourage anyone who is looking for a great autobiography to pick up her book to read You will join the rest of VolNation in saying Pat, I got your back This is so deserving than just 5 stars This memoir felt so honest I am a University of Tennessee graduate so I feel somewhat close to this extraordinary coach Through tears and laughs I loved this book from page 1 If you love the south, basketball and extremely strong women with no regrets, this is THE book for you I actually listened to the audio and reader Sally Jenkins convinced me I was listening to Pat Head Summitt herself This one is going on my favorite shelf. If you weren t a women s basketball fan before, you will be now This is an extraordinary tale of not only the life of Coach Summitt, but the history of women s basketball as well She is the reason I am a basketball coach Amazing woman. A must read on so many levels She s an awesome individual and role model for us all I learned a lot that I didn t know about what a good player she was as well as a good mother, daughter, friend and wife We already knew she s a great coach Through my job, I have met some amazing people Some in passing and others I got to know well Pat Summitt was someone I interviewed a couple of different times while I covered the Rutgers women s basketball team from 2005 2007.In all, I wrote eight articles for The Press of Atlantic City that included Pat Summitt, including one in 2011 when Summitt had stopped doing post game interviews To me, she always seemed larger than life In control of it all Summitt was the face of women s college basketball The first and last person you thought about when it came to the topic The last article on Summitt was the toughest The all time winningest women s college basketball had publically announced she was suffering from early onset Alzheimer s disease She was in New Jersey to have her Tennessee Vols face Rutgers and C Vivian Stringer, one of her best friends That night gave me goose bumps and I had to stifle a few tears The Scarlet Knights wore t shirts honoring Summitt during pre game warms ups We Back Pat The entire arena of about 6,400 that night cheered even when Rutgers lost This was not just a basketball game, but also a moment to reflect on Summitt s career and all those people she influenced throughout four decades as a coach Summitt talked about that night in her book briefly It was tough for her as she met privately with a New York Times reporter where the two talked about his father who suffers from the same disease The passage got me to pause and reflect at that night While Summitt patiently waited a half four for her team in hopes of ending an emotional night, I worried about hitting my deadline that night Seems trivial now.The book Sum It Up A Thousand and Ninety Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective showed me a different side of Summitt fun, wild, caring, passionate, intense, but she also showed her vulnerabilities and insecurities For someone so put together, Summitt revealed just how much she questioned many of her decisions and showed she didn t always have the right answer Even though the book mostly recounted her life, it was easy to read She made fun of herself as well as called out her faults But some things she kept private.Summitt was a little Tennessee farm girl who turned into one of the iconic figures in sports It was great to see how Summitt handled all of the challenges thrown at her and there were many all the way through her latest with Alzheimer s disease. Extraordinary This Virginia girl is now a Tennessee fan I ran through the emotions with this one Pat made me laugh, cheer and cry She has been my companion this week and, now that I ve finished the book, I find myself with a heightened interest in March Madness