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Summitt receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award at 2012 ESPY's

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LOS ANGELES (UT) -- Joining an incredibly-distinguished list of honorees, Tennessee Women's Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt became the latest recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award Wednesday night at the ESPYs.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is presented to individuals whose contributions transcend sports. Summitt not only has done that during her coaching career, but she displayed amazing courage in coaching the Lady Vols during the 2011-12 season despite revealing last August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

"I've always said, you win in life with people," Summitt said as she addressed the crowd. "And I have been so blessed to have great people in my life. My son, Tyler, and I appreciate all of your support.

"It is time to fight, and I ask all of you to join together with me, so we will win. I can tell you, tonight I am deeply touched as all of you heard my story. I'm going to keep on keeping on, I promise you that."

Legendary Volunteer and NFL quarterback Peyton Manning set the stage by reflecting upon Summitt's influence on people and sports, then Tennessee-raised actress Reese Witherspoon narrated a poignant video tribute that traced the footprints of Summitt's life and how she has been an example to others through dealing with the challenge that has come her way.

Click here to view ESPN's Pat Summitt Tribute Video.

Following a lengthy standing ovation from the star-studded audience, Manning presented the Ashe Award to Summitt. She was joined on stage by son Tyler, a former Vol basketball player and now an assistant women's basketball coach at Marquette University.

Summitt, who is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA men's or women's basketball with 1,098 victories, stepped away from head coaching duties in April after 38 seasons. She led the Lady Vols to eight national championships, 18 NCAA Final Fours and a combined 32 SEC regular season and tournament titles during that time before handing over her whistle to long-time assistant and former Lady Vol All-American Holly Warlick.

Information provided by UT Sports Information and UTLadyVols.com.

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