WNBA SUPERSTAR TAMIKA
CATCHINGS TO VISIT AU
All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings will spend part of
the day at Anderson University on Wednesday, November 11th to speak
to students and the AU women’s basketball team.
Catchings will be
the featured speaker during the Campus Worship time at 10am. She spends much of
her time when not playing for the Indiana Fever of the WNBA talking to groups
around the country. She shares her Christian testimony and an especially
heartwarming and inspirational story about growing up with disabilities.
“I love being able
to spend time with young people,” says Catchings. “I get to talk to them about
what it was like to grow up with disabilities such as being hearing impaired,
speech impaired, and even having glasses and braces at the same time. There
were people all along the way, coaches, teachers, parents, and others who took
time to encourage me. That’s why I’m where I am today.”
“Where she is”
includes being a legend in the history of women’s basketball. After a college
career at Tennessee, which saw her achieve All-American status four straight
years, she was drafted by the Indiana Fever in 2001 as the third overall pick.
In her rookie season she was selected Rookie of the Year, and finished runner
up for the league’s MVP award. She has been named to the All-Star team five
In the spring of
2004, Catchings formed the “Catch the Stars Foundation,” which provides sports
and academic related programs for at-risk youth.
In addition to
sharing her story with students attending chapel, Catchings will spend time
with the women’s basketball team talking about the sport and what it takes to
reach the highest level of success.
Members of the
public are also invited to attend.
University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina
Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked
in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools
to Watch in America,”
by U. S. News & World Report.
Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,”
Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the
Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive