Catchings Welcomed by Fellowship of Christian Athletes

November 9, 2006

Catchings spoke to 200 FCA student-athletes about her commitment to her Christian faith.
photo by Denise Hay
Tamika Catchings represents many things to many people. Aside from her personal efforts in guiding her Catch The Stars Foundation and her superstar status on the world basketball stage, she is a proud Christian who welcomes the opportunity to share her message and commitment to God.

Thursday, Catchings met with approximately 200 students from Indianapolis west side high schools at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the West District YMCA. She spoke of her youth while overcoming a hearing and speech impairment, and of attending church as mostly a social activity. She shared her spiritual transition through her college years and into her professional life, reflecting on how she began to rededicate herself to the Lord during her time of injury late in her senior season of college.

Catchings, the No. 3 selection in the 2001 WNBA Draft, by Indiana, has made Indianapolis her home. And it was during the 2001 campaign in Indianapolis while rehabilitating from her injury, that she refocused her life and her priorities. Through basketball, she is able to convey those thoughts and messages, and allow her actions to be seen and witnessed.

She told the junior high and high school students that they, too, as student-athletes, are models in their own schools. It is their actions that are often watched by others. And they also have the ability to share God's message, if only by leading a Christian life for others to witness.

Among the groups attending the early morning (6:30-7:30 a.m.) gathering in the Plainfield High School Auditorium were groups from Plainfield, Avon, Brownsburg, Danville, Decatur and Ben Davis High Schools.