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Tennesseans Pay Tribute To Pat Summitt

Posted at 6:15 AM, Jun 29, 2016

People across the state and country are remembering the woman whom Governor Bill Haslam called one of the greatest Tennesseans of all time. 

Pat Summitt died Tuesday at the age of 64 – five years after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease.

A celebration of life service has been planned in Knoxville, where Summitt coached 38 seasons at Thompson-Boling Arena.

In honor of Summitt, Governor Haslam has ordered flags at the State Capitol and state office buildings to be flown at half-staff. The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset Thursday.

Born in Clarksville in 1952, Summitt was a staple to the state. Her family moved to Henrietta when she was in high school because Clarksville did not have a girls' basketball team.  

"She could have coached any team, any sport, men's or women's. It wouldn't have mattered because Pat could flat-out coach,” Peyton Manning said.

Coach Summitt's players had a graduation rate of 100 percent.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame has also offered free admission to allow visitors to pay tribute to her legendary career.

The TSHF is also accepting donations to benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation. Coach Summitt founded it to help find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Free admission to the Hall of Fame will last until Saturday.