Pat Summitt: Dementia strikes college basketball coach
Summitt has won 1,071 games and eight national championships. She wrote an open letter to the University of Tennessee community disclosing her condition. Perhaps most surprising is that she has no intention of stepping down from her position.
"I plan to continue to be your coach," she says. "Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days. For that reason, I will be relying on my outstanding coaching staff like never before."
She told the Washington post that she was alerted to a problem last season when she drew a blank during a game.
Pat's 20-year-old son, Tyler, plays basketball at Tennessee and released a statement about his mother's condition. "It seems like she teaches me something new every day," he says, "and she is currently giving me one of the best life lessons of all: to have the courage to be open, honest, and face the truth."