Tamika Catchings uses final season with WNBA to grant thousands of dollars to cities across the nation.
After sixteen impressive seasons the WNBA, the Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings is hanging up her sneakers. She leaves the league with an impressive resume including a WNBA championship, an MVP award, and ten All-Star game appearances, among other accolades. Yes, her retirement is not the only reason she is making the news. Last month, Catchings earned the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award for the second time to recognize her outstanding work in communities around the world.
In addition to the countless appearances and events Catchings has attended, she also operates her own charitable foundation – Catch the Stars Foundation – which is dedicated to literacy, fitness, and mentoring. Catchings is utilizing her final season with the Fever to donate financial resources to every city with a WNBA team. As a part of her Legacy Tour, Catchings is granting a check to every team to disperse to meet needs in their cities.
It would have been easy for this All-Star to simply enjoy her last go-round with some fanfare and extra attention on her successful basketball career. Instead, Catchings has capitalized on the moment to make a difference, not only in Indiana, but across the country. Thus far, the Catch the Stars Foundation has donated more than $24,000 and recently partnered with Kroger to open a reading room at Riley Hospital for Children in Indiana.
With all eyes on her, Catchings is taking advantage of her retirement to draw attention to the good work she is doing through her personal foundation. Undoubtedly, Catch the Stars Foundation will be a major part of Catchings’ next phase of life, and she has executed her move into the philanthropic space quite well.
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