Summitt of Influence

Pat Summitt

Pat Summitt

Many people are mourning the passing of one of the greatest coaches of all time, Pat Summitt, who coached the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team to 1,098 wins and 8 national championships. Coach Summitt is credited with raising the profile of women’s basketball—and women’s sports in general—to a much higher level of significance in our nation. Many girls and women are enjoying opportunities to compete and excel and—in some cases–to earn a paycheck, because of the impact Summitt had on the world of sports.

Coach Summitt had high expectations for herself and for those around her. She pursued excellence and pushed her players to do their best. Her drive and determination to succeed were contagious. She continues to be an inspiration, not only to those who knew her, but also to those who are familiar with the legacy she left behind.

We may not have such a big platform from which to lead, but we all have opportunities to influence those around us. Let us be faithful and diligent in impacting as many as we can for the kingdom of God.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”—Galatians 6:9.


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