KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The NCAA will honor Tennessee coach Pat Summitt with the 2012 Gerald R. Ford Award.
The award recognizes a person who has been an advocate for college athletics over the course of his or her career.
Summitt has won eight NCAA titles in her 37 seasons as Lady Vols coach, and her 1,075 victories is the most by any college basketball coach.
Summitt announced in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. She pledged to continue coaching and show others they can live their lives with the disease.
NCAA president Mark Emmert says the award honors Summitt for "the positive example she continues to set."
Summitt will be recognized during a Jan. 12 session at the 2012 NCAA convention in Indianapolis.