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Four Lady Vols alternates jerseys will be available for the team to wear beginning in the 2022-23 season

Tennessee’s women’s basketball team will wear blue jerseys with a “Summitt” patch to honor the legacy of Pat Summitt.

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In honor of great Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt, the long-standing blue accent color of the Tennessee Lady Vols now goes by the name “Summitt Blue.”

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, UT made the adjustment, and four teams will field “Summitt Blue” alternates in 2022–23. This autumn, Tennessee soccer and volleyball will be the first sports to wear the vivid blue uniforms, with women’s basketball and softball following in the winter and spring.

While volleyball and soccer will use blue jersey tops, the basketball team will wear full uniforms in “Summitt Blue.” The “Summitt Legacy” series is the name given to the collection.

Coach Kellie Harper of the UT women’s basketball team told Knoxville News, “We’re happy to be a part of it. “We’re interested to see what it will entail. We’re excited, but I won’t say too much more about it.”

A new uniform to pay tribute to a legacy pic. twitter.com/NMoikc8oqu — August 11, 2022, Tennessee Soccer (@Vol Soccer)

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When former Tennessee women’s athletics director Joan Cronan was seeking for women’s basketball jerseys in 1968, the blue accent color made its debut. Since no companies produced Tennessee orange uniforms, Cronan opted for Columbia blue uniforms with orange letters instead; the blue has remained the company’s standard color ever since.

In a release, Tennessee sports director Danny White stated, “We are thrilled to highlight traditions like Tennessee’s heritage as a global leader in women’s athletics and the Lady Vols’ distinctive record of excellence. “Recently, when several of our teams first put on their new Summitt Blue uniforms, they responded with a thrill and passion that I hope will be shared by our supporters and proud alumni.”

the Knoxville News Sentinel, where this article first appeared: In the 2022–23 season, four Lady Vols programs will don “Summitt Blue” alternate jerseys.