Turn the world orange

Photo courtesy of University of Tennessee athletics

Photo courtesy of University of Tennessee athletics

I usually wear my black and gold on Friday to show my Harding support.

But tomorrow I will wear orange and hope you will too.

As you are probably aware, legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt died Tuesday from Alzheimer’s disease at 64. She will be honored tomorrow by wearing orange wherever you are.

Of course I didn’t know her, but my family did spot her on the beach at Seacrest in Florida several years ago while on an evening stroll. She was hard to miss with her tall figure in her blue swimsuit with orange stripe walking her dog by the water. We debated whether to speak but respected her privacy.

I am not a big sports fan, but I do know this remarkable woman did more to advance women’s athletics than any other. As I read her tributes, I am most impressed not with her tremendous basketball coaching skills but that she was an even better coach in the game of life.

I will wear my orange proudly for Pat. Her humility would prevent her from expecting that.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor.designer



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