Pat Summitt, Mike Kryzewski
Pat Summitt, Mike Kryzewski
InsideTennessee sportswriter
Posted Dec 6, 2011

Pat Summitt and Mike Kryzewski were honored Tuesday evening in New York City at the IAC Building in Manhattan as Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year.

Former Tennessee Lady Vol Michelle Marciniak introduced Coach Pat Summitt and her remarks brought a standing ovation from the crowd.

During her comments Summitt, who was accompanied by her son Tyler Summitt - he was born shortly after Pat Summitt's recruiting visit to see Marciniak - thanked the audience, Time Inc., and Sports Illustrated for the recognition.

“I just want to say what an honor it is to be a part of such a great award in the company of such amazing people and remarkable sports legends,” Summitt said.

Tyler, a junior at the University of Tennessee, addressed the gathering about the Pat Summitt Foundation and the vision the duo has for the fund.

All video courtesy of Sports Illustrated and Time Inc.

Also on hand to celebrate the night were UT Chancellor Dr. Jimmy Cheek, Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart, Director of Women’s Athletics Joan Cronan and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

The evening included a walk of the red carpet as well as photo sessions with the previous Sportspeople of the Year.

All video courtesy of Sports Illustrated and Time Inc.

With Tuesday’s recognition, Summitt and Krzyzewski join UCLA's John Wooden (1972) and North Carolina's Dean Smith (1997) as the only collegiate coaches to earn SI’s most distinguished honor.

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