KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Two professors at the University of Tennessee are debuting their movie Pat: A Legacy of Love at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, at the Bijou Theatre. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Sarah Hillyer, director of UT's Center for Sport, Peace and Society, and Ashleigh Huffman, associated director of the center, have been producing the movie for the last three years, and they are dedicating their work to the late Pat Summitt. The movie features her role in rebuilding women's basketball in Iraq.
"We're talking about hundreds of girls in ten cities who are playing basketball because of Pat, who are dribbling in orange and white because of Pat and her staff," Huffman said. "It's not just about basketball, it's about going to college, it's about becoming leaders in a society where there are very few, so it was more than just the game itself, it was the life lessons she was able to teach them."
The film is being presented by Coaching Change and espnW, and it stars former players, administrators and journalists.
The event will include an orange carpet at the entrance, a VIP experience and interactive exhibits. Fans can purchase general admission tickets for $15 through Ticketmaster. Student tickets are $10. VIP tickets will be sold for $40 and include a behind-the-scenes experience and conversations with the producers and cast.
"The film documents an unlikely friendship between a forgotten generation of Iraqi girls and the greatest basketball coach of all time," said Hillyer. "And it all started with Pat's willingness to send basketballs to girls in Iraq."
Part of the proceeds from the September event will benefit the Pat Summitt Foundation, as well as the girls and women internationally who fight for their right to play sports.