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Five-time WNBA 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 times.


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.

Anderson 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 Christian environment.



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