Tamika Catchings Adds WNBA Champion to Her Resume

With tears in her eyes and joy in her heart, Tamika Catchings celebrated her first WNBA championship with Indiana Fever teammates after they won the title with an 87-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx.

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Named the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA finals, Catchings had won 3 Olympic Gold Medals, including at the 2012 Games, and an NCAA National Championship at the University of Tennessee, but had always coveted a WNBA championship.

“This is something you dream about: coming into the WNBA and winning a championship.” said Catchings.

“Everything just came crashing down and the tears just came flowing, and they called me a crybaby, but this is the one time I don’t care, call me whatever you want!”

The Indiana Fever made it their mission to get Catchings a WNBA championship.

“Everybody talks about the missing piece in Tamika Catchings’ career, and our players took that personally,” Indiana coach Lin Dunn said.

“I really believe that was an incentive.”

Rain may have prevented a parade to celebrate the Fever championship on Wednesday in Indianapolis, but the fans’ fever was still evident.

About 3,000 fans crowded into the team’s home stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, to cheer and pay tribute to Indianapolis’ newest heroines.

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Catchings not only is a great basketball player – she was was chosen to the All-WNBA first team again this year for the 7th time in her 11-year career – but uses her fame to promote healthy living to kids.

Her nonprofit “Catch the Stars” Foundation, established in 2004, offers underprivileged boys and girls a variety of educational opportunities, including a scholar-athlete award program that has provided more than $35,000 in college scholarships to high school student athletes, in addition to hosting basketball camps and health and wellness clinics.

Catchings is also a member of the NBA/WNBA FIT team, the league’s comprehensive health and wellness program that encourages physical activity and healthy living for children and families through programs and events across the country.

Working with parents through NBA/WNBA FIT, Catchings notices the impact that parents have on a child’s health.

She also acknowledges that kids look up to professional athletes as role models.

Now they have one more reason to admire her: for finally achieving the goal she set as a little girl, a WNBA championship.

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