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Tamika Catchings

WNBA Champion

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Tamika Catchings talks about her childhood struggling with hearing problems, discovering her passion for basketball, and joining the WNBA.
One of the top players in WNBA history, Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever completed a storied professional career after 16 seasons in the WNBA. She is a ten-time WNBA All-Star, five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, seven-time All-WNBA First Team selection and has four Olympic gold medals with Team USA. Tamika led the Fever to win the WNBA Championship in 2012 and was honored as the WNBA Finals MVP. In 2011, she was voted the WNBA’s MVP. But Tamika’s career can’t just be summarized by statistics. Her impact off the court is equally as impressive. In 2004, Tamika created the Catch the Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides fitness, literacy and mentoring programs for youth. She was the first recipient of ESPN’s Humanitarian Award in 2015. In 2016, Tamika became the first female recipient of the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. Tamika has also been named the winner of the WNBA’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award three times — in 2010, 2013 and 2016. In 2016, Tamika released her autobiography, "Catch A Star," which became a New York Times best seller. She is also a world-renowned motivational and keynote speaker.