SI honors Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt, the legendary coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols has added another honor to her lifetime achievement awards - Sports Illustrated's Sportswoman of the Year.

The specifics of the announcement can be read HERE AT SI.COM.

Pat Summitt will share the award with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski as the 2011 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year.

The NCAA's all-time winningest women's and men's basketball coaches join an elite group of sports immortals, including Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Billie Jean King, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Orr and Pete Rozelle to receive this award.

Hall of Fame senior writer Alexander Wolff, who was recently in Knozxville, writes that the legacy of Summitt and Krzyzewski goes far beyond their record-breaking victory totals: "More than that—so much more—are the roads each has traveled over the course of careers that can be measured in Presidents Met on White House visits with Team (four in her case, three in his).

For their endurance, for their adaptability, for their genius for hatching from adversity even more success, and for their willingness to take up causes beyond the comfort of their own campuses—indeed, for modeling what it means to be public diplomats as well as great coaches—we honor them as SI's 2011 Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year."

Summitt and Krzyzewski join UCLA's John Wooden and North Carolina's Dean Smith to round out the college basketball coaches who have received this award, which is elite company indeed.

More details to come.


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