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Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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"I have admired Pat Summitt for many years. To me, she epitomizes what it means to be a coach. Not only has she molded championship teams, but she has helped her players grow as people and always done it with class and dignity. This book gives us tremendous lessons for winning on and off the court."
-Tony Dungy, former professional American football player and NFL coach, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Strength and Uncommon.
“Sum It Up” is absolutely incredible! No one has coached the game any better than Pat Summitt. Sally Jenkins has worked with Pat to produce a truly inspiring book that will benefit every reader. Pat was a pioneer. She has led women’s basketball over the last three decades. As a result of her leadership, women’s basketball has achieved great heights. I consider a true honor to call her a friend.”-- Mike Krzyzewski, Head Basketball Coach, Duke University
"Basketball legend Pat Summitt recalls her life in vivid detail, describing its triumphs, both on and off the court.... With her trademark honesty and grace, Summitt reveals her fears, her early anger and astonishment, her diminishing abilities, her decision to retire, and how her faith sustains her."—USA Today
"Pat Summit was one of the best coaches ever, and one of the most enduring...She helped lift her sport out of an era in which high school girls didn't even play on a full court, saw the number of female college athletes rise from 16,000 to almost 20,000, won eight national titles, and gradduated 100 percent of the players who completed their eligibility. She did this through force of personality and, in her own telling, with a mix of love, fury and manipulation...As scandals and player lawsuits make college sports seem increasingly ruthless and suspect, Summitt is often held up as a rare example of dignity and class."
-Emily Bazelon, NY Times
"Pat is a remarkable leader, lady, and Coach. One of the best of all time."
-Rick Pitino, Head Basketball Coach, University of Louisville.
"How many times have we heard a basketball fan utter that’s “the truth” when witnessing a great play or player? This book IS the truth, capturing the reality of challenges, the blessings of friendship and teamwork, the exhilaration of achieving excellence, and the rewards of mentorship and leadership."
-Jody Conradt, University of Texas
About the Author
PAT SUMMITT became head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in 1974; since then she achieved an astounding .843 average and won 8 national championships. She was the first coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins. She lived in Tennessee with her son, Tyler. SALLY JENKINS is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller It's Not About the Bike. Her other 8 books include The Real All-Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation, and The State of Jones. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. A native of Texas, Jenkins graduated from Stanford and lives in New York City.
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While Summit has coached women's basketball, I found her ideas on what it takes to be a champion to be directly motivating to me in my work which has nothing to do with sports. I was also interested to learn about Summit's early life and how those experiences shaped who she became.
Of course, this book is bittersweet because of Summit's diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's, yet again Summit's is inspiring us by reminding us to face and fight adversity as hard as possible as well as to treasure each moment.
I bought this book more for her Alzheimer's Disease diagnosis than the Basketball, and it was very much worth the cost and time to have an understanding of how someone with so much drive would face such a looming barrier. Each chapter includes, sometimes brief and sometimes longer, Alzheimer's situations, facts and opportunities presented to anyone facing such an unknown future. How any one person handles this "future" is up to them, but holding it all inside is the worst possible response !!!
After going through the first set of tests two weeks ago ----------- I received my diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease TODAY at age 69.
Regardless of whether you are a Pat fan, a women's basketball fan or even just a sports fan, this is an excellent read. The incredible integrity and intensity Pat Summitt lives out in all aspects of her life is a lesson we can all learn from. The challenges she faced and the way she paved the way for woman in sports, as well as the workplace in general, makes me incredible grateful. I feel more and more indebted to Pat and other woman like her (including my own mother) who opened the realm of possibilities to my generation as well as my daughters.
If you've read her other two books, there is a certain amount of repetition, but this book goes deeper on a personal level and shares events that have transpired since her other two books. I've always respected that Pat shares not only her greatest triumphs, but the mistakes she's made and how she learned from them. This book includes all the above, showing us what it means to truly pursue excellence with grace and dignity.
This is also an excellent gift for others. I purchased it for my mom as well as a friend of ours who does ministry to local coaches in our area.