Tamika Catchings’ list of basketball accomplishments would impress just about anyone. The 34-year-old forward—currently playing for the WNBA's Indiana Fever—has won big on every level.
She was dominant at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. She won a national championship at Tennessee playing for the legendary Pat Summit.
Catchings is a three-time Olympic Gold medalist as well. The accolades haven’t stopped since she reached the WNBA. The 12-year veteran is a seven-time WNBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005-07, 2009 and 2011), five-time Defensive Player of the Year (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), former WNBA MVP (2011), Finals MVP (2012) and a world champion (2012).
Few players on any level—or any gender—have accomplished as much as Catchings has in the sport.
To top off all of the on-court accomplishments, Catchings has also made a mark with her charity work.
Catchings has overcome tons of adversity to get to her current place as an athlete and a person. She was born with a hearing disability, and suffered an ACL injury her senior season at Tennessee.
Still, she has reached admirable heights.
I recently got an opportunity to speak with her about her career, her time playing for Summit and her charity work with the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team.
Though the subject was a bit of a sting for the proud Tennessee Volunteers alum, we also discussed the men’s and women’s NCAA Final Four.
Both the men’s and women’s teams from Tennessee were eliminated, but Catchings was still kind enough to give a prediction for the national championship game on the women’s side.
Take a listen to the interview.
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