OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST AND WNBA ALL-STAR TAMIKA CATCHINGS TO CONDUCT EVENTS SURROUNDING NBA ALL-STAR GAME AND NCAA WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR
INDIANAPOLIS – Preparing for her final WNBA season, women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings will conduct events in February and April surrounding the a pair of the largest basketball gatherings in North America – the NBA All-Star Game and the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
On Saturday, Feb. 13 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Catchings hosts an All-Star Girls Basketball Clinic presented by Tammy Sutton-Brown. Sutton-Brown is a former Canadian Olympic star who teamed with Catchings on the Indiana Fever’s 2012 WNBA championship team. The clinic takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with Catchings and other pro athletes interacting with participants. Basketball drills and a Q&A session highlight the event, and one lucky participant will win the opportunity to join Tamika during activities during NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Air Canada Centre.
Surrounding the NCAA Women’s Final Four at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with national championship games for NCAA Division I, II and III, Catchings will conduct the Inaugural Tamika Catchings Shootout, April 2-3, for girls team divisions in 7th/8th grade, 9th/10 grade and 11th/12th grade.
Conducted just minutes from downtown and during the country’s most exciting weekend in women’s basketball, the Tamika Catchings Shootout allows high school seniors a final chance to refine and showcase their skills prior to the NCAA’s open recruiting period. The Shootout takes place at Warren Central High School with teams competing in a three-game format for first- and second-place tropies; with appearances from noted guests from college and pro basketball.
Cost for teams in the Shootout is $450 with a percentage of proceeds supporting the Catch The Stars Foundation. For specific information about the Tamika Catchings Shootout, contact Randy Johnson at (317) 518-3961. Teams may register online at Catchings24.com, by visiting the Shootout link under “Events.”
The 2011 WNBA MVP and 2012 Finals MVP while leading the Fever to its first championship, Catchings has built her brand and her Catch The Stars Foundation to national prominence. In March, she will launch her first book, “Catch A Star: Shining Through Adversity to Become a Champion,” authored by Ken Petersen with a Forward by Tony Dungy. Preorder “Catch A Star” »»
Catchings embarks on her 16th and final WNBA season in 2016, completing a career in which she is the only player in WNBA history to appear for the same team in 15 or more seasons. The WNBA’s all-time leader in free throws and steals, Catchings is the league’s second-leading scorer and rebounder as she enters her final season. Appearing in more postseason games than any player in league history, she also is the WNBA career leader in postseason points and rebounds.
For more information on the Catch The Stars Foundation or either of these events, visit Catchings24.com.