Catchings Unveils Catch the Stars Foundation
Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings has launched her own charitable foundation – the Catch the Stars Foundation – and will unveil the plans for that foundation during a special reception on Friday, March 11 (6:00 to 8:00 p.m.) at the NCAA Hall of Champions. Moderating the event will be Angela Cain, director of community affairs for WTHR-TV. The evening will consist of a reception and silent auction, culminated by a brief presentation of her foundation.
Through April 11, the NCAA Hall of Champions is featuring a display highlighting Catchings’ playing experiences that includes her 2000 ESPY Award as the College Player of the Year, and jerseys from the Fever, University of Tennessee and the U.S. Olympic Team. Catchings will also participate in a Town Hall Meeting hosted by the NCAA national office on Tuesday, March 15 (8:00 p.m.), which will examine women’s sports issues. The event will be broadcast live on WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Other panelists include NCAA President Myles Brand, NCAA Vice President and Senior Woman Administrator Judy Sweet.
Besides her status as an Olympic gold-medalist basketball player and three-time All-Pro in the Women’s National Basketball Association, Catchings has been one of the Fever’s most visible players in the Indianapolis community. She has been active, also, in the Chicago area where she was raised; in areas surrounding Dallas, Texas, where she graduated high school; and in Knoxville, Tenn., where she attended college and currently is completing her master’s degree in sports studies. She has annually conducted fitness clinics and basketball camps in each of those locations, including others nationwide as part of several WNBA-affiliated events.
Born with a hearing disability and the daughter of former NBA star Harvey Catchings, Catchings has been honored nationally for having overcome her disability and becoming an inspiration to others. She was welcomed by President George W. Bush to his 2004 State of the Union Address as a model athlete and citizen. She was an honors student at Tennessee and off-the-court, she has long desired to assist youth in helping achieve their dreams – and overcome their own adversities or disabilities. It was that dream that has inspired the forming of her Catch the Stars Foundation.
The mission of the foundation is to provide youth with positive academic and sports-related programs. The long-term goal is to become a well-respected foundation that eventually provides scholarship opportunities for scholar-athletes and young philanthropists.
Current foundation programs include the Catch the Fever Youth Holiday Basketball Camp; Catch on to Fitness Clinics; Catchings Corner (donated tickets to Indiana Fever games) and S.T.A.R.S. (Sisters Teaching and Reaching Sisters). For more information on the foundation, contact Tauja or Tamika Catchings at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.catchin24.com.
The Fever, which opens its sixth season in the WNBA this summer, begins its regular season with a pair of home games in May. Indiana hosts the Charlotte Sting on Sunday, May 22 (6:00 p.m.), then Phoenix on Tuesday, May 24 (7:00 p.m.). For season or group ticket information, call (317) 917-2500.