The players and loved ones of former Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt will tell you that her wisdom and commitment to others was unmatched. In the wake of her passing, tributes are pouring out from across the basketball world to the coach credited with bringing women's basketball into the national spotlight.
As Summitt neared the end of her battle with early onset dementia, she hadn't forgotten the wisdom of other sports great to come before her. Her last tweet, on June 4, paid tribute to the late, great Muhammad Ali, who had passed away one day earlier.
The quote is reflective of both Ali and Summitt, who each dedicated their lives to serving others -- Ali as a vocal social activist, and Summitt as a basketball coach and mentor to young women.
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - @MuhammadAli
— Pat Summitt (@patsummitt) June 4, 2016
Summit passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 64. Her death came shortly after his family issued a press release announcing her failing health, and their request for privacy.
Summit coached Tennessee's Lady Vols from 1974 to 2011. Over that span of time, every player to enter her program participated in at least one Final Four.