Catchings nominated for United Nations peace award

ATLANTA (Dec 6, 2010)Celebrate Positive announced today that Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings has been nominated for the inaugural  2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards in the Professional Athlete category. This award, viewed as a 21st century peace prize, honors and recognizes individuals, businesses, athletes, sports teams, entertainers and schools around the world for their positive contributions.

The 2010 Positive Peace Award nominees are judged by the United Nations NGO Voting Academy comprised of highly respected United Nations NGOs, such as Rotary International, Pathways to Peace, and Sister Cities International. The Voting Academy will use an established criteria of an athlete’s community involvement and impact on their community to determine this year’s winner.

"Tamika is a great ambassador for our sport, our team and our community," said Indiana Fever Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. "She is a remarkable person who deeply cares about positively influencing youth as she demonstrates through her Catch The Stars Foundation. She sets the standard for what role models should be in sports. The Indiana Fever is proud of her continued efforts."

“Celebrate Positive congratulates Tamika Catchings for exemplifying what giving back to the community means” said Scott Pederson, President and CEO, Celebrate Positive. “Tamika is a wonderful role model for kids and adults to follow.”

Catchings was nominated by Indy Parks & Recreation-Washington Park Family Center for her Catch the Stars Foundation's commitment to youth. Noted were her Back to School Event which provided 300 backpacks to youth; 6 IPS Scholarships to local students athletes; and a fitness clinic which raised a total of 1,300 pounds of food to Gleaners.

“Tamika Catchings and the Catch the Stars Foundation show so much commitment to youth” said Cassandra Shelby from the Indy Parks Department. “The organization truly stands behind its slogan "Preparing our youth to catch their dreams one star at a time".

Rotary International, with several of the world’s most active local Rotary Clubs based in the Indianapolis area, serves on the United Nations NGO Voting Academy

“We at Rotary International are honored to serve on the voting committee for the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards,” says RI General Secretary Ed Futa. “Every day, Rotary’s 1.2 million members address the question, how do we make our world a better place? How appropriate that these awards recognize those individuals and organizations who are asking the same question and taking the necessary steps to achieve positive change in our world.”

The winner of the sports categories for 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award will be announced in mid December.

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Celebrate Positive, in coordination with the United Nations and its non-government organizations like, Rotary International, Sister Cities International and Pathways to Peace provides a platform to recognize communities, businesses, schools, athletes and entertainers for the positive work to make a difference in the world. Celebrate Positive has created a destination website that provides inspirational news from around the world as well as efforts being made by the United Nations to promote peace globally.  For more information on Celebrate Positive or the organizations and agencies they work with, visit