Fever Star Earns Second Citizenship Honor In One Week
News Release | January 15, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS – Celebrate Positive announced today that Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings has been acknowledged as a top-five finalist for the inaugural 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 award-winner, Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was honored during festivities surrounding today’s NFL divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. Catchings joined Ernie Els (PGA), Doug Herbet (NHRA) and Michael Young (Texas Rangers) as finalists for the inaugural award.
For Catchings, it marks her second such award for public service and community contribution to begin the new year. Last week, she was named one of 10 finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which will honor two award-winners in March. Other finalists for the Jefferson Awards include Els, Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), Warrick Dunn (Atlanta Falcons), Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), CC Sabathia (N.Y. Yankees) and Brian Westbrook (San Francisco 49ers).
The 2010 Positive Peace Award nominees were judged by the United Nations NGO Voting Academy comprised of highly respected United Nations non-government organizations such as Rotary International, Pathways to Peace, and Sister Cities International. The Voting Academy used an established criteria measuring an athlete’s community involvement and impact on their community to determine this year’s winner.
“When the United Nations NGO Voting Academy nomination committee started researching candidates in the pro athlete category, Tamika’s name kept coming up time after time,” said Scott Pederson, President/CEO of Celebrate Positive, LLC. “When we started researching her positive endeavors, our collective jaws dropped that one person could be so dedicated to making such an incredible impact in her community.”
Added Indiana Fever Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf, "Tamika is a great ambassador for our sport, our team and our community. 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."
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 student-athletes; and a fitness clinic which raised a total of 1,300 pounds of food to Gleaners Food Bank.
“Tamika 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.’”
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 celebratepositive.com.
A WNBA playoff participant in six straight seasons and seven times since 2002, the Indiana Fever begins its 12th season by hosting the Chicago Sky on Saturday, June 4. For season ticket information, visit FeverBasketball.com or call (317) 917-2500.