KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pat Summitt always said one of the most important elements of success was to surround yourself with great people. Never was that on greater display than Friday morning as thousands of those great people surrounded her once again for the dedication of the Pat Summitt Plaza at the University of Tennessee.
Former players and staff members joined the current Lady Volunteer team and staff in lining the wall behind the plaza's centerpiece, a statue of college basketball's all-time winningest coach, for the ceremony. Fans crowded the streets at the corner of Lake Loudon Blvd and Phillip Fulmer Way to show their support and bask in another memorable moment in the Tennessee legend's career.
Summitt took to the podium to express her gratitude for the honor.
"This is a great day," Summit said. "I want everybody to know that, for me, today is not about me. It's about everyone out here that loves the University of Tennessee, and we hope and pray that we can continue to do good things. I want everyone to know just how much I appreciate what's happened here today and I will never forget it. I love you all."