Tamika Catchings Indiana’s “do-everything” forward completed 16 seasons in the WNBA, stepping away from her future-hall- of-fame- career following the 2016 season. Her naming as recipient of the very first ESPN Humanitarian Award in 2015 and an 12- year run of community service by her Catch The Stars Foundation are testament to her work off the court, however – more impactful than her MVP career on the court.
Since her playing retirement, she serves as director of player programs and franchise development with Pacers Sports & Entertainment. She also operates the cozy Tea’s Me Café on the north side of downtown Indianapolis, and continues her service as an ambassador with the NBA and WNBA.
In March 2016, Catchings released an autobiographical story written by Ken Petersen. “Catch A Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion” telling Catchings’ story of overcoming her hearing loss, separation from family, and the pain of debilitating physical injury. She reached for the stars with hard work, perseverance and her faith in God. Through the silence, she found a way to shine. Off the court, Catchings is one of the country’s most highly-regarded citizen-athletes. Her “pay it forward,” clinics enable communication with local organizations to foster skills clinics in every WNBA city in 2017.
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