Pat Summitt recipient of AARP Inspire Award

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 dementia.

According to AARP, the awards pay tribute to people who inspire

action in others.

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 continue

to coach as long as she is able.

Other Inspire Awards recipients include conservationist Jane

Goodall, late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs, U.S. Sen. Daniel

Inouye and country music singer Toby Keith.