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Pat Summitt Receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award At ESPYs

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LOS ANGELES - Tennessee women's Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award Wednesday night at the ESPYs.

The all-time winningest coach was introduced by former Volunteer and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning spoke of the influence Summitt has had on so many. There was a lengthy standing ovation from the audience before he presented the award to Summitt, who was joined on stage by her son, Tyler.

"I've always said, you win in life with people," Summitt addressed the crowd. "And I have been so blessed to have great people in my life. My son, Tyler, and I appreciate all of your support.

Tennessee-raised actress Reese Witherspoon narrated a video tribute that traced Summitt's life.

The 59-year old Summitt stepped down in April after 38 years as the Lady Volunteers head coach because she's suffering from early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

Summitt is the winningest coach in college basketball history taking Tennessee to the Final Four a record 18 times and producing eight national championships.

She led the Lady Vols to eight national championships, 18 NCAA Final Fours and a combined 32 SEC regular season and tournament titles during that time before handing over her whistle to long-time assistant and former Lady Vol All-American Holly Warlick.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is presented to individuals whose contributions transcend sports.

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