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TN Sports Hall Of Fame Honors Coach Summitt

Posted at 6:04 PM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 21:06:03-04
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame offered free admission in response to the death of Pat Summitt. 
 
The free admission allowed visitors and locals to pay tribute to the legendary University of Tennessee Knoxville women's basketball coach. 
 
"Sports is universal and you can't hold it down to one state when you're talking about someone like Coach Summitt," Director of Operations Jamie Stock told NewsChannel 5. 
 
The TSHF is located by the visitor's center at Bridgestone Arena and includes the Pat Summitt Gallery. 
 
The 2-year-old gallery highlights the impressive achievements by Coach Summitt. The gallery showcases her outfits, basketballs, old jerseys, a cut-out net from her 880th win and even a stool she normally used.
 
In addition, several banners and posters list out her quotes and accomplishments in her 38-season career. 
 
"Pat Summitt has a following no matter what," Stock said. "I grew up playing basketball and I always wanted to play for her."
 
Some of the visitors like Marily Morgan used to play basketball in school. Morgan brought her grandkids to the gallery to show them that hard works pay off.
 
"She taught me never to give up until it's over," Morgan teafully said. "I'm sure she didn't want to give up this morning but it was just time and I know there are other angels up there dancing wither her."
 
Free admission to the Hall of Fame will last until Saturday.
 
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.