Aug. 18, 2009
Atlanta - Pat Summitt, the legendary Head Coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, will be honored by the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, Aug. 23 at halftime of the game against the Los Angeles Sparks.
Summitt will be recognized for her numerous accomplishments and contributions to the game. Four of Summitt's former players will be competing in the game--Chamique Holdsclaw and Michelle Snow of the Dream and Candace Parker and Shannon Bobbitt of the Sparks.
Tip-off is scheduled for 3 pm at Philips Arena. Following the game, Summitt will stay and address the fans. The Lady Vols head coach since 1974, Summitt has won eight NCAA championships and recently became the first NCAA Division I coach (men or women) to reach 1,000 victories in her career. During her tenure, her Lady Vols teams have produced 12 Olympians, 19 Kodak All-Americans on 33 teams, 10 first-round WNBA Draft selections, and 30 WNBA players.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the game. Sunday's game is the only time the Sparks will travel to Atlanta during the regular season and will mark Lisa Leslie's final game in Atlanta. Leslie, the three-time WNBA MVP, announced earlier this year that this will be her final season in the league.
The Dream are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference (includes games through August 17). The top four teams from each conference go to the playoffs.
Tickets for all Atlanta Dream home games are still available, starting as low as $10. For more information and to purchase season tickets, fans can call 404.604.2626 or visit www.AtlantaDream.net. Single game tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-WNBA-TIX, at AtlantaDream.net, at the Philips Arena box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets.