Alexis Hornbuckle and Coach Pat Summitt at the Women's Sports Foundation event (Getty Images).
Oct. 14, 2009
By Debby Jennings, Associate AD for Media Relations
New York, N.Y. - The Women's Sports Foundation honored University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball coach Pat Summitt at their annual spectacular evening on Tuesday, October 13, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Considered to be one of the biggest nights in women's sports for 30 years, the Women's Sports Foundation has celebrated those athletes who've opened doors for girls following in their footsteps. Summitt, the NCAA's all-time winningest coach (men or women), received her special recognition for breaking the 1,000 win plateau in collegiate basketball last season. She was one of three special honorees on the night joining Annika Sorenstam, legendary golfer and philanthropist and Dick Ebersol, Chairman of NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, on the award's podium.
Nineteen years ago, in October 1990, Summitt was enshrined in the Women's Sports Foundation's Hall of Fame at the gala Annual Salute to Women in Sports event in New York City.
This marks the third decade that the Women's Sports Foundation has presented its annual salute -- Celebrating the Most Accomplished Women in Sports and the Girls They Inspire.
Other award Winners:
Billie Jean King Contribution Award - This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates a lasting commitment and dedication to the growth of sports, fitness and physical activity for women and girls. This year's award winner is Gatorade.
Wilma Rudolph Courage Award - The Wilma Rudolph Courage Award is presented to a female athlete who exhibits extraordinary courage in her athletic performance, demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity, makes significant contributions to sports and serves as an inspiration and role model for others. Tiffara Steward is the 2009 award recipient.
Sportswoman of the Year Award - Each year, two champions - one individual and one team sport athlete - are honored for extraordinary performances that distinguish them from their peers. These athletes are nominated by sport governing bodies and the public. The 2009 recipients are: Courtney Kupets. Gymnastics, University of Georgia and Jessie Vetter. Ice Hockey, the University of Wisconsin.