By Andrew Green
The Tennessee Smokies have begun unveiling their promotional schedule for the upcoming 2015 season by announcing three exciting bobblehead giveaways many fans will be looking to receiving. The lineup will feature legendary University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt as well as consensus Minor League Player of the Year and 2014 Smokies third baseman Kris Bryant along with fellow 2014 Smokies and Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler.
One of the most distinguished coaches in college basketball history, Summitt served as head coach of the Lady Vols from 1974 through 2012 and has won more games than any other men’s or women’s college basketball coach, racking up 1,098 total victories. In addition, the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient secured eight national championships including three straight titles from 1996-98, and back to back championships during 2007-08.
During her tenure Summitt was also named NCAA Coach of the Year on seven different occasions while leading the Lady Vols to 16 Southeastern Conference championships, in addition to their seven NCAA titles. Her incredible list of honors also includes being honored as the Naismith Coach of the Century and being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and leading the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball squad to a Gold Medal during the 1984 Summer Olympics plus being named Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year in 2011.
The bobblehead featuring Summitt’s likeness will be handed out to the first 1,000 fans in attendance at a Smokies home game during the 2015 season which will be announced at a later time. The Smokies will be donning special themed jerseys that will be auctioned off that evening. Proceeds from that jersey auction will benefit The Pat Summitt Foundation.
In addition to Summitt, the Smokies will also be handing out two other bobbleheads during the 2015 campaign featuring the likenesses of top Chicago Cubs prospects and 2014 Smokies players Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler.