Ayimangalisi into yokuba umqeqeshi webhasikithi wabasetyhini baseTennessee uPat Summitt ujike ingxaki yakhe yaba lixesha lokufundisa.



Xa i-6 ye-Tennessee kunye ne-4 Stanford idlala i-29th edition ye-storied rivalry ngoLwesibini kwi-Maples Pavilion, ingqalelo iya kuphendukela kwisifo se-Alzheimer kunye ne-Summitt yesibhengezo esothusayo ngo-Agasti.

Ubeke ubuso bakhe kukuphazamiseka kwengqondo, umqeqeshi oyintloko waseTennessee uHolly Warlick uthe ngoMvulo emva kokuziqhelanisa.





Oyena mqeqeshi uphumeleleyo kwimbali yebhola yomnyazi kwikholeji ebengeyonto ukuba ebengenguye utitshala kwiinyanga ukusukela oko eveze ukuba unesifo sengqondo esixhalabisayo sokuqala, uhlobo lwe-Alzheimer.

Njengelinye lawona manani makhulu kwibhola yomnyazi yabasetyhini, uSummitt unelifa elinokuthi ngoku libotshelelwe ekuncedeni ukuguqula iimbono zesifo esibangela ukwehla kancinci kwemisebenzi yengqondo enjengenkumbulo, ukucinga kunye nokuziphatha.



Andiyi kufihla nto, watsho kwinyanga ephelileyo kwiNkomfa yaseMzantsi mpuma yeendaba. Ukuthetha inyani yindlela efanelekileyo yokuhamba, ngoko ke ndandingazukuyifihla nto.

Sesinye sezizathu zokuba uluntu lwebhola yomnyazi lujikeleze umfazi ophumelele imbasa yegolide yeOlimpiki, ubuntshatsheli obusibhozo beNCAA kwaye unerekhodi le-1,078-201 eTennessee.



Isibhedlele saseStanford siza kubonisa ividiyo yemfundo ngaphambi komdlalo, kunye nabasebenzi bendawo yolwazi kwi-Alzheimer's pavilion. Isikolo siya kukhupha iitawuli ezibomvu zerali sibhengeza, Sibuyile uPat.

Umqeqeshi weKhadinali uTara VanDerveer ulungiselele umboniso wevidiyo kumhlobo wakhe omdala kunye nokhuphiswano oluqala ngo-1988. I-Lady Vols ibambe i-22-6 edge phezu kweStanford.



Eli lixesha elinzima, kodwa xa loo bhola inyuka, ayinamsebenzi kum, uVanDerveer uthe ufuna ukoyisa iTennessee (7-2). Yiloo nto ayifunayo, naye. Akazenzela itheko losizi.

Ayizukuba sisitayile sikaSummitt. Kwiminyaka engama-38 ukhokele iLady Vols kwimpumelelo engazange ibonwe ngaphambili. Kwaye ngelixa uSummitt, oneminyaka engama-59, enikezele imisebenzi ethile kubancedisi abathembekileyo, uye wahlala ecaleni kweTennessee.



UWarlick uthe le meko iyasebenza ngenxa yokuzinikela kwabanye abancedisi bexesha elide uMickie DeMoss kunye noDean Lockwood, kunye nesimo sengqondo sabadlali. Uqhuba i-huddles kunye neenkomfa zeendaba zasemva komdlalo ngelixa abanye abancedisi bathathe uxanduva olukhulu ngokuziqhelanisa nokugaya kuba uSummitt akasenzi uhambo lokubukela abadlali abanokubakho.

USummitt khange azilolonge eStanford ngoMvulo, kwaye khange anike udliwanondlebe oluninzi kweli xesha lonyaka. Kodwa ubukho bakhe bubonakala bukhulu. Kule nyanga uye wabizwa ngokuba ngumdlali wezemidlalo we-Sports Illustrated wonyaka kwaye waphumelela ibhaso lebhola yomnyazi yabasetyhini uMaggie Dixon Courage.

USummitt wayekhe waquka konke enkundleni, eshumayela amaxabiso ebhola yomnyazi. Ngoku ezi zifundo zibandakanya isifo sengqondo esiwohlokayo esithwaxa izigidi.

U-Eric J. Hall, i-CEO ye-Alzheimer's Foundation of America, uthe ukubhengezwa kwe-Summitt kuya kuba nefuthe elifanayo kwisibhengezo sikaMongameli uReagan sokuxilongwa kwakhe kwesifo se-Alzheimer.

Isifo se-Alzheimer yingxaki yezempilo yoluntu kwinkulungwane ye-21, kwaye iqhawe elinjengoPat Summitt liyakwazi ukuvula amehlo, watsho. Abantu kufuneka bazi ukuba esi sifo asicalucaluli, ukuba sinokuhlasela abantu abaziwayo kunye nommelwane wakho, abantu abancinci baseMelika kunye nabantu abadala. Kuphela ngokuthetha ngokuphandle malunga nesifo se-Alzheimer sinokuphakamisa isigqubuthelo soloyiko kunye nokukhanyela okuqhubekayo ukusijikeleza.

Kuyo yonke indawo iTennessee idlale kule sizini, ivakale ngathi lukhenketho lokuvalelisa.

Kufuneka nje akrobe intloko yakhe ngaphandle komnyango, kwaye wonke umntu uyahamba, utshilo uWarlick, umncedisi kaSummitt eTennessee kangangezihlandlo ezingama-27.

USummitt uye wamangaliswa yimpendulo kuba akafuni ukuba ibe malunga naye, wongeza uWarlick. Wayesixelela izihlandlo ezininzi, ‘Ndidiniwe ndim.’

Amalungu eqela lakhe athi ngoMvulo imalunga nendlela abadlala ngayo. Nabo bangadlali kakuhle baya kuva ngayo. I-Preseason All-American Shekinna Stricklen uthe akukho mntu usindileyo kwingqumbo kaSummitt kule sizini.

Oko akuyi kutshintsha, i-6-foot-2 ephezulu yathi.

UsenguPat Summitt, wongeza umqeqeshi we-Auburn uNell Fortner, umhlobo osondeleyo kaSummitt. Andiqondi ukuba nabani na unokucinga into eyahlukileyo ukuba ubukunye naye. Usenomdla koko akwenzayo.

Ngokutsho kweKliniki yaseMayo, kuphela iipesenti ze-5 zalabo abaneempawu ze-Alzheimer's zibonisa iimpawu zesifo ngaphambi kweminyaka eyi-65. UVanDerveer wayephakathi kwabo baqaphela into engalunganga ngomqeqeshi waseTennessee ekuqaleni kwalo nyaka. USummitt kuxelwe ukuba ufike emva kwexesha kwezinye izinto kwaye ngamanye amaxesha wayethandabuza ngaphambi kokubiza imidlalo kwisizini ephelileyo.

Kukho into ebonakala ngathi ayilunganga, ukhumbule uVanDerveer, othe wazibandakanya neSummitt kwiholo yodumo yeNaismith Memorial Basketball ehlotyeni. Ndandicinga ukuba unesifo samathambo.

Kwakunjalo nangoSummitt, onesifo samathambo. Ekuqaleni wayecinga ukuba inokuba inento yokwenza neyeza lakhe. Kodwa uvavanyo olubanzi kwiKliniki yaseMayo lubonakalise iimpawu ze-Alzheimer's.

Wayeziva engekho ngaphezulu komdlalo wakhe, kwaye xa wafumanisa ukuba iphantse yafana nokukhululeka kuye, utshilo uWarlick. Wathi akukuvakalisa esidlangalaleni oko kwaba ngumthwalo onzima emagxeni akhe.

Ngelixa uSummitt wayenethemba lokubuyela kwi-basketball, ngoku uyazi ukuba ayizukwenzeka.

Emva kokunceda ukuguqula i-basketball yabasetyhini ibe yinto yokuzonwabisa edumileyo, uSummitt wayengenakulindela ukunyamalala ekungaziwa.

Ngexesha lohambo lukaStanford oluya eKnoxville, eTenn., Kunyaka ophelileyo, uVanDerveer watsalela ecaleni uSummitt.

UPat, jonga into oyenzileyo, uxelele umhlobo wakhe ngemozulu eThompson-Boling Arena.

Yinto embalwa abalandeli bebhasikithi abaya kuyilibala.

Qhagamshelana no-Elliott Almond kwi-408-920-5865 kwaye umlandele kwi-Twitter http://twitter.com/elliottalmond .




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