UT coaches and athletes make a lasting impression on their communities and Tennessee Athletics programs.
In 2018, Tennessee football legend Johnny Majors received the PwC Doak Walker Legends Award. It recognizes an individual whose extraordinary collegiate football career has been bolstered by an exemplary record of leadership in the community.
Pat Summitt was the legendary Lady Vols head basketball coach, mentor, and mother–figure to her players; as well as a revered ambassador for her university and state; a trailblazer for women; and a role model for people all over the world.
The Neyland name remains synonymous with Tennessee football, championships, and overall excellence from the winningest coach in school history.
Candace Parker’s time at Tennessee added a new wrinkle to what the Lady Vol program had built before her and set the standard for how future players were measured in terms of athleticism and entertainment.
Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, in 2015 announced a $3 million leadership commitment to UT. This gift benefits the Tennessee football program and the Peyton Manning Scholarship Endowment.
Former Lady Vol standout forward and WNBA all-star Chamique Holdsclaw returned to her alma mater to talk with Tennessee students about the importance of mental health advocacy.
It did not take long after her graduation from UT for Lady Vols basketball legend Tamika Catchings to begin helping others who have hearing loss. In 2004, she founded the Catch The Stars foundation, a charity organization that offers fitness clinics and literacy programs for underprivileged children.
Condredge Holloway, one of the most celebrated athletes in Tennessee Volunteers history, is the subject of a Kenny Chesney-produced film that documents the life and career of the SEC’s first black starting quarterback.
Lester McClain’s accomplishments as the first black player on the Vols football team paved the way for black athletes at Tennessee, including the first black starting quarterback in the SEC, Condredge Holloway.