Chi Omegas gathered at the University of Tennessee-Martin campus to show their support for Xi Zeta Sister Pat Summitt during a ceremony honoring her career accomplishments.
Just outside of the University of Tennessee-Martin Elam Center, home of the men's and women's basketball teams, hundreds of spectators, including many Chi Omegas, watched as three bronze statues portraying significant alumnae were unveiled. The former women's athletic director for the Skyhawks, Bettye Giles, the former Tennessee Lady Vols' basketball coach, Pat Summitt, and the late former UT-Martin basketball coach, Nadine Gearin, were each honored for all of their influence in women's basketball.
Pat Summitt, an initiate of the Xi Zeta Chapter at the University of Tennessee-Martin, went on to win eight NCAA basketball titles, 16 SEC regular season and tournament championships, and 1,098 games, which is the most in NCAA history in men or women's basketball. She also received the highest award presented to a civilian, the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
As Summitt only spoke for a few minutes at the statue unveiling, others described her as, "A class act," and "Forever the same person." We are proud of all of her remarkable accomplishments as a mentor, coach, and Chi Omega Sister.
Look for Pat Summitt and many others in our Outstanding Chi Omegas slideshow!