Event Details

NOTE:  VIP Tickets are sold out for this event. General admission tickets are still available for $15 and we have so much planned for you to enjoy!  If we are able to release more VIP tickets, we will post an update here and on social media.  It will be an incredible night celebrating Pat’s legacy and we hope to see you there. 

Film Honoring Pat Summitt’s International Legacy Debuts at the Bijou Theatre

On September 7, 2017, Coaching Change and espnW will present “Pat: A Legacy of Love, “ a documentary film dedicated to legendary women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt, and her role in the rebuilding of women’s basketball in Iraq. The event is designed to honor the legacy of Coach Summitt and the tens of thousands of girls and women she has inspired around the world through basketball.

The film was produced by University of Tennessee graduates, Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman, now co-founders and directors of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society at the University of Tennessee. The film stars former players, administrators, and journalists, including Michelle Brooke-Marciniak, Holly Warlick, Joan Cronan, and Sally Jenkins.

The event will be held on September 7, 2017 at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville and will include an orange carpet entrance, a VIP experience, interactive exhibits, and various opportunities to make a difference locally and globally.

The film starts at 7pm with doors opening at 6pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 28. General admission tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10. Attendees interested in a VIP experience starting at 5:30 can purchase tickets for $40, which will include special behind-the-scene features and conversations with the producers and cast.

Local media sponsors include WBIR and B97.5. Gold sponsors include The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, The Center for Sport, Peace and Society and UT’s College of Education, Health & Human Sciences.  Bandit Lites is an in-kind Silver sponsor.  Robin Wilhoit of WBIR will serve as the emcee of the event.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation as well as the girls and women fighting for their right to play sports around the world.   

Contact Jules Morris 865-719-7072 ; julesmo@utk.edu

About the Movie

Watch the official trailer!

This is the story of one game, one basketball, one gift, and one girl. But it’s also your story. And my story. And the story of thousands of young girls and women who aspired to be like the greatest coach of all time. A winner. Not just on the court, but in life. It’s the story of a legacy. The legacy of a woman from a small town in Henrietta, Tennessee, who would grow up and change the world. And ultimately, in her relentless pursuit of excellence, inspire an entire generation to do the same.

This story begins in 2007.  The world was an interesting place. War raged in the Middle East. School shootings dominated national headlines. Political tensions swirled around the U.S. presidential election. And the winningest coach in basketball history, Pat Summitt, celebrated her seventh national title.

For two University of Tennessee doctoral students, Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman, all of these seemingly disparate ideas were completely intertwined – the world needs peace and sport can be the vehicle. Using their connections as graduate students and basketball camp coaches, Hillyer and Huffman approached Coach Summitt with one simple request – basketballs for the girls and women of Iraq.

What happened next was the beginning of an epic journey and an unlikely friendship between a forgotten generation of girls and the greatest basketball coach of all-time.

Coaching Change

The best way to start real and lasting change is to touch people and tell stories that encourage and empower— storytelling is a powerful change agent! Right?

Coaching change is a media, public speaking, consulting company started by Drs. Hillyer and Huffman that highlights and creates sports stories of hope and inspiration.

They want to use film, children’s books, books, public speaking, social media, etc. to tell empowering stories of girls and women fighting for their right to play sports around the world.

They personally funded the production of the film and received a grant from the Fetzer Foundation to bring the project to completion.

Follow us on social media and reach out via email a coachchangexo@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about investing in our next inspiring and empowering project.