Documentary film tells the story of the NCAA’s most successful coach through the eyes of those who know her best
ESPN Films and espnW will air the documentary Pat XO, co-directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters and produced by Robin Roberts, on Tuesday, July 9, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will be the second film to air in the Nine for IX series, currently broadcast every Tuesday night through July and August..
Pat XO tells the story of Pat Summitt, the coach boasting the most wins in the history of NCAA basketball, following her 2012 announcement that she would resign from her post at the University of Tennessee in light of a diagnosis of early-onset dementia. On the same day that Summitt was named Lady Vols head coach emeritus, her son Tyler was named assistant coach of Marquette’s women’s basketball team, his first job out of college. While the sports world reeled from the news of Pat’s illness, the coach and her son quietly set out to beat this challenge just as they had every other – with grace, humor and most of all, each other.
Pat XO tells the remarkable story of Pat Summitt as it’s never been told before. This raw, authentic portrait takes the camera from the filmmaker’s hands and places it into those who know her best. With Tyler as the lead storyteller, moving recollections are shared by assistant coaches, players like Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and Michelle Marciniak, fellow coach Geno Auriemma, and such admirers as Peyton Manning and Kenny Chesney. The archival footage and statistical records woven into the film provide their own insights into a woman who cared about winning, but also about elevating her players and her university. If it’s possible to do justice to Pat Summitt, Pat XO does it.
Twin sisters Nancy Stern Winters and Lisa Lax are partners in Lookalike Productions, where their first collaboration was the award-winning documentary “Emmanuel’s Gift,” highlighting the courageous efforts of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah in his fight for the rights of his 2 million fellow disabled in Ghana, West Africa. Other past projects include three prime-time specials for PBS, a documentary film with Harpo Studios on Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls as well as “Unmatched,” a documentary film for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series exploring the intense rivalry and remarkable friendship between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, as told through their eyes.
The remaining films in the Nine for IX series on ESPN will air 8 p.m. ET as follows:
July 9: Pat XO
July 16: Let Them Wear Towels
July 23: No Limits
July 30: Swoopes
August 6: The Diplomat
August 13: Runner
August 20: The ‘99ers
August 27: Branded
All Nine for IX films will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon the day following air. A collectible DVD gift set with all films will also be available on October 15, 2013.
Follow the Nine for IX series on twitter at @30for30 and @espnW. Fans can join the conversation with the hashtag #PatXO
About Nine for IX
ESPN Films and espnW present Nine for IX, executive produced by Robin Roberts and Jane Rosenthal, featuring nine documentary films about women in sports directed by Oscar-nominated, Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning female filmmakers. Inspired by the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the series will air over nine consecutive Tuesdays on ESPN at 8 PM ET beginning July 2, 2013. Stories include Venus Williams fight for equal pay at Wimbledon, the largely unknown history of Katarina Witt and her link with East Germany’s secret police, an intimate look at Pat Summitt—college sports’ most successful coach ever, and the business of sex in the marketing of female athletes. For more information and summaries visit: Nine for IX Media Kit