Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective

by Pat Summitt, Sally Jenkins
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Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective by Pat Summitt, Sally Jenkins

Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history aad bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she has broken records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She has coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has been named Sports Illustrated 'Sportswoman of the Year'.
She owes her coaching success to her personal struggles and triumphs. She learned to be tough from her strict, demanding father. Motherhood taught her to balance that rigidity with communication and kindness. She is a role model for the many women she's coached; 74 of her players have become coaches.
Pat's life took a shocking turn in 2011, when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, an irreversible brain condition that affects 5 million Americans. Despite her devastating diagnosis, she led the Vols to win their sixteenth SEC championship in March 2012. Pat continues to be a fighter, facing this new challenge the way she's faced every other—with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.

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ISBN-13: 9780385346870
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

PAT SUMMITT became head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in 1974; since then she has achieved an astounding .843 average and won 8 national championships. She is the first coach in NCAA history to reach 1,000 wins. She lives in Tennessee with her son, Tyler. SALLY JENKINS is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller It's Not About the Bike. Her other 8 books include The Real All-Americans: The Team That Changed a Game, a People, a Nation, and The State of Jones. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. A native of Texas, Jenkins graduated from Stanford and lives in New York City.

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Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Lynn84 More than 1 year ago
Even though I am not an avid sports fan, I decided to purchase Sum It Up after seeing Pat do an interview. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. This book is beautifully written and is a tribute to Pat, her family and the colleagues and players that became a part of her extended family. These women in particular made Women's College Basketball what it is today. This most certainly would not have been possible had Pat not been raised with such great responsibility, all the while knowing that she was truly loved. She can also be proud of her finest accomplishment, her son Tyler. I wish her much love and peace and would love to meet her someday!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having watched Pat on the sidelines on TV for many years, it was fascinating to see what made her tick. Given Pat's Alzheimer's, Sally Jenkins did a superb job pulling memories out of her. Not really a "light" read, but certainly an "easy" read. Too bad more young people don't have the work ethic she had growing up.
Pattmusic More than 1 year ago
This is a courageous woman's life story of achievements, told with confidence and humility. Leading the Tennessee Lady Volunteers is Pat Summit's vocation, and makes for extremely interesting reading, evoking both laughter and tears. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will laugh and cry! This book motivates me to be a better woman! Go Big Orange! Go Lady Vols!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a former athlete and person battling a chronic disease, I was deeply moved by this book. I highly recommend it!
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Pat Summit does a great job expressing the obstacles in her life. I am so glad she overcame them and became the best coach on the men's and women's side. I love reading basketball theme books but this is another level! I am so sad she had to retire. Even though I like Michigan State and Notre Dame better Tennessee is easily a top 5 team because of Pat.
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I am not a basketball fan but have always been impressed by Pat Summitt. After reading this book I wished I'd played for her. Tough but fair, hard nosed but loving, Pat Summitt laid it all on the line in the book. It was an honest story where she admits her mistakes and failures along with her successes.
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annof2 More than 1 year ago
Being an avid Women's basketball fan of UCONN, I just had to read Pat's book to see why she discontinued the annual game with the Lady Vols and the Huskies. I also wanted to see what made this vixen tic. I have to admit,my impression of her has totally changed. I now really do admire and understand her. At times I was crying during the reading and could not put the book down. I am so sorry for her condition and find myself in some of the same predicaments at times. So thank you for writing this book Pat and I will forever lift you up to others who dislike you as I once did. I am now a fan of Pat Summitt. I enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read. This a book about a women who took on life with strength and courage. You do not need to be a basketball fan to enjoy this book.
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