Tamika Catchings Receives WNBA Community Assist Award

2012 WNBA Finals MVP Receives Award for Eighth Time in Career

NEW YORK, August 20, 2013 – Eight-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever, one of the game’s longstanding role models on and off the court, was awarded the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for her contributions to the community in July.

Through her foundation, Catch the Stars, Catchings established the goal to inspire others to give back to the community, promote literacy, fitness, and mentoring, while empowering youth to achieve their dreams. As she competes in a 12th WNBA season, Catchings also runs several programs throughout the year, including the “Back to School Celebration,” which provides free backpacks and supplies to more than 600 students. In recognition of her efforts, the WNBA and State Farm are donating $5,000 to the Catch the Stars Foundation.

“It's important for me to give back to my community because there are so many kids that aspire to be where we are,” said Catchings. “Our mission with Catch the Stars Foundation is to prepare our youth to catch their dreams one star at a time, and I'm fully committed to help open up doors for all of our kids and anyone else that I come into contact with.”

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Catchings, the MVP of the 2012 WNBA Finals, also serves as the league’s ambassador for the “Dribble to Stop Diabetes” campaign. Throughout the month of July, Catchings met with children to speak about the importance of health and wellness along with creating a weekly fitness plan.

In addition to hosting fitness and healthy living clinics, Catchings participated in a Fever bowling tournament that raised funds for local girls charities through the BeYOUnique Fund of the Pacer’s Foundation Inc.

The WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm is awarded monthly during the season to the players that best reflects the WNBA’s passion to make a difference in the community. Please visit wnba.com/statefarmcommunityassist for more information on the award and its recipients.