Pat Summitt remembered on 1 year anniversary of her death

Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt cheers her players on during the championship game of the SEC women's tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999. Tennessee defeated Georgia, 85-69, for the title. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) — It has been one year since the death of legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. Many are remembering the Lady Vols coach Wednesday.

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville posted a tribute to the coach on its website. The university shared her history as a coach and how she changed the lives of many students.

Summitt died at the age of 64 to Alzheimer’s on June 28, 2016.

Fans are placing flowers and other tributes near the coach’s statue at Pat Summitt Plaza. The plaza is located at the intersection of Lake Loudon Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way.

The Pat Summitt Foundation will be honoring her legacy throughout the day by posting video tributes on its website and on social media. The foundation encourages fans to use the hashtag “#ThanksPat” on social media.

Candace Parker made a statement on Facebook saying, “I remember your laugh and distinct way you would combine a chuckle and ‘Parker’.”

Related: Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductees carry on Pat Summitt’s legacy


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