Born with a hearing problem—in addition to having speech issues and wearing glasses and braces—Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings was made fun of for most of her childhood. That is, until she realized she had a knack for playing sports.
“No matter what sport it was, no one could make fun of me,” says Catchings, who eventually decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a professional basketball player. She dedicated her life to achieving that dream.
Over time, however, Catchings says basketball “became my god.” It wasn’t until she damaged her ACL during a college game that she realized it was time to recommit herself to Christ. Only then did she begin living her dream.
A four-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Catchings plays for the Indiana Fever and has been highly successful over the years both on and off the court. While she has a passion for basketball, she also enjoys helping youth to establish goals for their own lives.
In 2004 Catchings started the Catch the Stars Foundation, which provides academic and sports-related programs for underprivileged youth in Indianapolis. About 1,500 youth, ages 9 to 16, have been affected by her organization. “Everything is achievable by goals,” says Catchings, who believes she can help students follow their dreams.
Catch the Stars is “focused around the goal-setting principle,” she says. Catchings would like to expand her organization, but in the meantime, she’ll continue being a role model. “For me, it’s about being a witness for Him.”
Best Magazine Deal. Subscribe now and get 3 magazines for the price of 1. Get Charisma, SpiritLed Woman and Ministry Today, all for $24. YES - I want this deal!
3 Reasons Why you should read Life in the Spirit. 1) Get to know the Holy Spirit. 2) Learn to enter God's presence 3) Hear God's voice clearly! Click Here to draw closer to God!