Candace Parker, now a star with the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, shared the recruitment letter Tennessee Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt sent to her. The legendary Summitt, the winningest coach in the history of major college basketball, died Tuesday at 64. Her career ended in 2012 after her Alzheimer's diagnosis.
The handwritten letter says:
I enjoyed watching you play again,. Makes me want very badly to coach you and see you on the court with the Lady Vols. You truly are a special athlete and it's clear to me you love the game. You will be an impact player wherever you go. If you come to Tennessee, you will also have thousands of fans watch you everytime you step on the court. Our fans would love your game.
Candace, I think I could help you on and off the court. I would do my best to help you develop as a player, person and student. We could have a lot of fun in the process. Think about it. I want to be your coach!