KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt is the 2012 winner of the AARP Andrus Award, given to a person who embodies the organization's goal of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations.
The organization is honoring Summitt's work with the Pat Summitt Foundation, which awards grants to nonprofit organizations researching Alzheimer's disease. Summitt announced last year she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
The award is named after AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus. Previous winners include Maya Angelou, Tom Brokaw, Norman Lear and Colin Powell.
Summitt stepped down in April with 1,098 career victories, making her the winningest coach in Division I men's or women's basketball history. Summitt, who remains on staff as head coach emeritus, led Tennessee to eight national titles in her 38-year tenure.