With all the tears that have been shed and sorrow that has been felt since the passing of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, current Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick believes the Big Orange fan base could use a lift.
And that's what Warlick hopes to help provide Thursday at the Celebration of Life service for Pat Summitt at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Admission and parking for the celebration of life, which begins at 7 p.m. ET, is free.
"It's going to be tough, but we're going to try to tell stories and talk about the side of Pat that maybe people don't know," Warlick said after speaking at the Tennessee All Sports Picnic at Lipscomb's Allen Arena Tuesday night.
"We all know what kind of person she was, how serious she was about basketball and her mission. That's been spoken about already. But I know for myself, I'm going to try to tell stories that people have not heard. Pat had fun. She was fun to be around. We laughed, we told stories and we embellished stories. We had a great time. That's what I want to talk about at this point."
It's not the professional relationship that Warlick, a former Lady Vol who spent 27 years as an assistant under Summitt, finds herself missing the most.
"It's the fun that we had," Warlick said. "I miss Pat's basketball and her being on the court, but I also miss just being able to pick up the phone and talking to her about anything. The personal side of it. That's what I think we're going to try to get across to everybody Thursday."
Warlick told the crowd Tuesday that she has sensed a change among her players since Summitt passed away. She said there's perhaps a greater determination to play well in 2016-17.
The Lady Vols struggled at times last season before bouncing back to finish in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and post a 22-14 record.
"I can't help but to think about what Pat's legacy means to (the players)," Warlick said. "They came to Tennessee because of what Pat has built; that great foundation. They get it. They understand they're very fortunate. They're playing at a great university, they're playing in a program that was built by a legend.
"I think they understand the value of what they've had. The opportunities that these young ladies had in their youth wouldn't be possible if Pat Summitt hadn't blazed the trail for them. They're well aware of that and they understand."
Warlick said she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support she and her program have received since Summitt passed away on June 28.
"The notes, the letters, the calls, the texts, the emails expressing love for coach Summitt has been absolutely incredible," Warlick said. "And the number of people who said they're coming Thursday has been amazing. I say she touched the sporting side of life, but it's so amazing that she touched people that have nothing to do with athletics. I think everybody, especially in the state of Tennessee, thinks they personally knew Pat Summitt because that's the type of person she was."
Viewers can watch Thursday's service on WBIR and WBIR.com.