The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame opened a permanent Pat Summitt exhibit on Friday, the first day of activities for the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four.
The Pat Summitt exhibit features memorabilia, photos, videos and interactive displays highlighting the former women's college basketball coach.
The Nashville Local Organizing Committee is providing free admission to the exhibit, which is located inside Bridgestone Arena, from Friday through April 8.
Now the head coach emeritus of the Lady Vols, Summitt is the all-time winningest coach — men's or women's — in NCAA basketball history. Her eight NCAA national championships are second-most only to the record 10 titles by UCLA men's coach John Wooden. She is the only coach in NCAA history, and one of three college coaches overall, with at least 1,000 victories.
"Pat Summitt has been the single most influential person in women's sports," said Bill Emendorfer, executive director of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. "As a native Tennessean, her roots and values run deep with the heritage of this great state. It seems fitting to open the Pat Summitt Exhibit during the Women's Final Four. The exhibit offers a unique opportunity to follow this Tennessee legend from her youth to her career as both a player and coach. It will be an opportunity to catch a glimpse of how Coach Summitt rose from a Tennessee farm girl to a national legend."
The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 8.
"Our NLOC decided early in the process that we needed to leave our community with a lasting legacy of celebrating women's basketball and women's athletics. Working closely with the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, we committed to opening this Pat Summitt exhibit in Nashville during Final Four week. What better way to celebrate Tennessee's own Coach Pat Summitt than with 30,000 basketball fans," said Margaret Behm, co-chairwoman of the Nashville Local Organizing Committee. "Coach Summitt changed women's basketball in this state and in our country and we are proud to be a part of this living legacy that celebrates her amazing career."
— Staff report