Pat Summitt’s family has concurred that a mythological coach’s health has declined in new days and has asked for prayers amid a “difficult” time.
In a matter expelled Sunday morning, a family pronounced that a former Tennessee women’s basketball coach’s early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, has progressed over a past few days.
“She is surrounded by those who meant a many to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as good as your pinnacle honour and privacy,” pronounced a family’s statement, that was expelled by orator Erin Freeman.
The Knoxville News Sentinel, citing a source, reported early Sunday morning that Summitt is “struggling” and that her family is “preparing for a worst.”
There was an escape of support on amicable media, with sports total such as Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs, former Volunteers football manager David Cutcliffe, WNBA star DeLisha Milton-Jones and “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts tweeting their prayers for Summitt.
— Josh Dobbs (@josh_dobbs1) June 26, 2016
— David Cutcliffe (@DavidCutcliffe) June 26, 2016
My heart cries out for we right now!!!! #PrayForPat
— Delisha Milton-Jones (@DelishaMJones) June 26, 2016
Hope we don’t mind that we ask for prayers for a dear crony tighten to a finish of her journey. Would meant a lot to her fam, Peace be w/ you❤️
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) June 25, 2016
— kamera harris (@_kodakmoment_) June 26, 2016
Summitt, 64, coached Tennessee to 8 inhabitant championships in her 38 seasons. She available 1,098 career victories — a many in Division we college basketball story for a men’s or women’s manager — before stepping down in 2012, one year after announcing she had early-onset dementia.
Since her diagnosis, Summitt has played a heading purpose in a quarrel opposite Alzheimer’s. She launched a Pat Summitt Foundation, that is dedicated to researching and educating people about a illness while also providing services to patients and caregivers. The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic is scheduled to open during a University of Tennessee medical core in December.
Named a NCAA manager of a year 7 times, Summitt led a Lady Vols to 22 Final Fours (18 NCAA, 4 AIAW) in her scarcely 4 decades as coach. Of her 8 inhabitant championships, she won 3 in a quarrel from 1996 to 1998. Summitt continues to reason a position as conduct manager emeritus of a Tennessee women’s basketball team.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.