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Mel Greenberg of the USBWA presents the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award to Angel Elderkin at the the USBWA Awards Presentation in Dallas at the Final Four.
Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Elderkin Receives Pat Summitt Award at Final Four
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 03/31/2017 (ET)
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DALLAS -  Appalachian State University women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin was honored at the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four with the prestigious U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. 

“To have this award in coach Summitt’s name, and to have a relationship with Pat (Summitt) is humbling and really hard to express,” said Coach Elderkin. “When I worked for Pat (Summitt), the greatest lesson that she taught me is that you win in life with the people that you surround yourself with. My award isn’t about me; it’s about Team Angel, it’s about all those people that reached out to me, that love me, that supported me, that fought the fight when I couldn’t fight. That lesson from Coach Summitt is what I live by and wake up with. I did it with the people that I surrounded myself with.” 

Announced in December as the award winner with ESPN Analyst Holly Rowe, both recipients were on hand for the ceremony. The two award winners were honored after showing courage and strength battling cancer while continuing to work in their respective fields. Elderkin traveled to Chapel Hill for chemo-treatments from the summer until Nov. 14 after the team's season-opening road trip at DePaul. The third-year head coach was on the court for all 31 games during the 2016-17 season. 

Family, friends and other coaches from across the country were in attendance for the presentation, while LSU Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Nikki Fargas, presented the award to Coach Elderkin. 

“I saw what it truly means to be a fighter, “ Fargas said. “When you have someone like Angel in your life, nothing else that you go through or have gone through can not compare to the fight that Holly (Rowe), Pat (Summitt) or Angel have had to fight. So when I was asked to present to Angel, I know one thing, Coach Summitt would be very proud to have your name attached to her's."

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With more than 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season.

For those who missed the presentation, you can watch below. 

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