Knoxville artist giving back to Pat Summitt

Knoxville artist giving back to Pat Summitt

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Pat Summitt Portrait (Courtesy: Clark Ensminger) Pat Summitt Portrait (Courtesy: Clark Ensminger)

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville artist has decided to lend his talent to help East Tennessee's favorite women's basketball coach.

Clark Ensminger, a recent MBA graduate from the University of Tennessee, has always been a loyal UT fan.

After hearing about Lady Vols Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt's challenge with early onset dementia, he knew he wanted to help.

That's when he pulled out his sketch pad and began to draw.

Ensminger started his Pat Summitt piece last year. On Facebook he gave friends and family a regularly glimpse of how his drawing was taking shape.

In a matter of months, the drawing of legendary Lady Vols Head Coach Pat Summitt came to life.

"Given what Pat Summitt means to the university, it was important for us to support her cause, and do anything that we could in our capacity to show support," said Ensminger.

Ensminger knew he wanted to raise a lot of money for the Pat Summitt Foundation, so at recent auction the original drawing was sold for $5,000.

Several hundred copies were made, autographed by Ensminger and Coach Summitt, and have been put on sale at local stores, with a portion of the profits going to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

The majority of the copies were placed at the UT Bookstore in the University Center. They have been very popular.

"We only have a few," said UT Bookstore spokesman Tommi Jamison. "We got about 20 left in stock."

The Pat Summitt drawing is not the first drawing Ensminger has sold at the UT Bookstore. He actually drew Neyland Stadium, which has also been very popular.

UT Bookstore officials say it is rare to have an actual drawing of someone like Pat Summitt.

"This is really the first we've had one in our stores," said Jamison.

Ensminger says he is grateful to have this one small moment with a legend.
    
"She took the time to meet me and shake my hand and thank me," said Ensminger. "I'm a nobody and she is the greatest basketball coach in the history of athletics in my opinion."

Ensminger says the copies of his drawings have brought in an additional $5,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation.

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