Pat Summitt to receive AARP award

Updated: November 17, 2011, 6:12 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's Pat Summitt is among a dozen recipients of AARP The Magazine's Inspire Awards in the wake of the coach's announcement that she has early onset dementia.

The awards pay tribute to people who inspire action in others, according to AARP.

Summitt has said she decided to reveal she'd been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type, because she wanted others to understand that they could continue to live their life with the disease.

The 59-year-old Summitt has led the Lady Volunteers to eight national championships, and says she is determined to coach as long as she is able.

Other Inspire Awards recipients include conservationist Jane Goodall; the late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs; U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii; and country music singer Toby Keith.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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