Catchings Set for Family Summit

Fever News Release | Oct. 28, 2004

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Olympic gold medalist and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings will speak about family values at the fifth annual Family Strengthening Summit, Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Indiana Convention Center.

Hosted by the Indianapolis Family Strengthening Coalition and sponsored by the City of Indianapolis, the summit is free and open to the public. More than 1,000 participants are expected to learn about the issues that challenge Indianapolis families, and what people can do to help their families and their neighbors. The summit features free lunch, round-table discussions about the issues, and more than 20 booths with activities and information about how families can connect to home ownership, tax credits, child safety, and community involvement opportunities.

Catchings will share how her family and community have played roles in her success.

The WNBA All-Star is a 25-year old women’s basketball player who is forging a name for herself as one of the country’s most prominent female role models – emphasizing core values and healthy living in addition to her status as one of the world’s greatest female athletes. Having overcome a hearing disability in her youth, she was an honors student at the University of Tennessee, where she will return this winter to continue pursuit of a master’s degree. Citing her community work and outstanding character as a female athlete and a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, President George W. Bush invited her as a personal guest at his State of the Union Address last January.

Catchings annually conducts fitness clinics and basketball camps for boys and girls in Indianapolis, as well as in the Chicago area where she grew up; in Knoxville, Tenn., where she was an All-America player in college; and in the Dallas suburb of Duncanville, Texas, where she graduated from high school. In Indianapolis, for instance, where she will conduct upcoming clinics on Nov. 13 and 20, she accepts canned food items (for donation to Gleaners Food Bank) as a child’s admission.

On the court in 2004, Catchings led the U.S. Olympic team in steals and minutes played while helping the United States to a third consecutive gold medal. For Catchings, it was the first gold medal of her career. She ended her summer earning All-WNBA honors for a third straight season, leading the Fever in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

Sponsors of the Family Strengthening Summit include Annie E. Casey Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, City of Indianapolis, United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Lilly Endowment, Inc., and the Capital Improvement Board.

For more information about the summit, call (317) 423-1770. To learn more about the Coalition, visit www.indyfamilies.org.