Maryville-based Orange Mountain Designs to distribute Pat Summitt book as exclusive partner
In an exclusive partnership with The Pat Summitt Leadership Group, Orange Mountain Designs, a retail and online store based in Maryville will distribute "Quotes from the Summitt" a new book about the late Pat Summitt that features some never-before-seen photos and the timeless words of the iconic Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach.
The 128-page hardback book, which costs $18.95, is available now to pre-order online at http://orangemountaindesigns.com and will be available in-store starting Friday, March 1. Orange Mountain Designs is located in Maryville at Foothills Mall.
"I started this store more than 10 years ago in 2008 because Pat Summitt asked me to do so," said Terri Holder, owner of Orange Mountain Designs. "Pat wanted a store that focused entirely on the Lady Vols, and she encouraged me to start a business. Anyone who knew Pat realizes that when Pat asks you to do something, you do it. After Pat retired in 2012, I told her I would keep fighting for her legacy. Pat's death in 2016 made me want to fight even harder to keep her legacy alive."
The book, "Quotes from the Summitt," is part of the publishing arm of the Pat Summitt Leadership Group and features previously unpublished photos of Summitt from her family and other sources. The content includes multiple entries in Summitt's distinctive handwriting, a rare feature in traditional quotation books. The book is a spirited collection of quotes and advice from Summitt, who won 1,098 games and eight national championships, earned the title of NCAA "Coach of the Century" and graduated 100 percent of her players who completed their eligibility at Tennessee.
Started originally by Summitt's son, Tyler Summitt, to extend the legacy and leadership wisdom of his late mother, the Pat Summitt Leadership Group was formed in 2017. As well as reaching out to business-building and branding experts to create, develop and manage the group, which is based in Atlanta, Tyler Summitt also approached Holder, a longtime Summitt family friend and retailer, about becoming the group's retail partner. The Pat Summitt Leadership Group and Orange Mountain Designs forged a dynamic partnership to market and distribute this book, as well as other products.
The Pat Summitt Leadership Group uses the wisdom and teachings of the legendary coach to promote leadership excellence through education and inspiration with a special focus on girls and women. The group provides speakers, seminars across the country, an online leadership program and more. Members of its executive advisory council include Robin Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning America" and Joan Cronan, athletics director emeritus at the University of Tennessee.
Orange Mountain Designs also displays memorabilia from Pat Summitt's career, including championship rings, basketballs, Summitt's Arthur Ashe Courage Award trophy from the ESPYs in 2012, the blue outfit Summitt wore to accept the award in Los Angeles, letters and other correspondence, and rare photographs.
In 2011, Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia. She coached her last season for the Lady Vols in 2011-12 and stepped down in April 2012. Summitt died June 28, 2016.
She published three books before her death with co-writer Sally Jenkins: "Reach for the Summit," "Raise the Roof" and "Sum it Up." Jenkins also is on the advisory council for the Pat Summitt Leadership Group.
Mickie DeMoss, who served as an assistant coach for Summitt for 20 years, including Summitt's final season, wrote the foreword for the new book. Early praise for "Quotes from the Summitt" has come from James A. Haslam II, the founder and chairman of Pilot Flying J; Roy Williams, the head coach of the men's basketball team at North Carolina; and Ken Blanchard, leadership guru and author of more than 60 books including "The One Minute Manager."