(WASHINGTON) -- Former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House Tuesday afternoon, according to ABC affiliate WATE-TV.
Summitt, who was diagnosed with early onset dementia last year, stepped down as head coach in April and was replaced by her long-time assistant, Holly Warlick. She still holds the title of head coach emeritus.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest honor a civilian can receive, and is awarded to people who have made significant contributions to the national interests of the U.S., according to the report.
Summitt, who won eight national titles at Tennessee, will accept her medal from President Barack Obama.
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