— Catchings will be recognized for her outstanding basketball career, and for the significant community contributions she has made through the Catch the Stars Foundation. —
Indianapolis, IN, May 9, 2016 — Tamika Catchings will be honored as a Flag for Hope Star during the Indiana Fever’s annual media day on Monday, May 9 at 10:15 a.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana Fever teammates and coaches also will participate with finger impressions on the flag. Media are invited to attend the short ceremony where Catchings will personally paint her star and share her insights on community service, on her career, and about what the American Flag means to her personally.
“We are so pleased that Tamika Catchings will become one of the last remaining Flag for Hope Stars. We chose to honor Ms. Catchings for her excellence both on and off the court. As she begins her final pro season and prepares to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games, we are proud to recognize her as a Star. Her 16-year career with the Indiana Fever, three Olympic gold medals, 10 WNBA All-Star selections, and countless community and leadership awards are an inspiration,” says Chris Cavedon, Executive Director of Flag for Hope.
About The Flag for Hope
The Flag for Hope is a once-in-a-lifetime social movement to promote unity and hope for America. The Flag is being created by 3,500 Americans who are placing their hand and finger impressions in acrylic paint on a huge 9′ x 5′ canvas.
The journey to create the Flag for Hope began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 23, 2015 during the running of the 99th Indianapolis 500. Since then, the Flag has travelled more than 250,000 miles while visiting over 400 locations in more than 180 cities.
Tamika Catchings will join an elite group of iconic Americans being recognized as Flag for Hope Stars. The 50 Flag for Hope Stars are individuals who have motivated, empowered, and supported their fellow citizens through their actions as pioneers, role models, and leaders.
Completed Flag for Hope Stars include Muhammed Ali, Gloria Estefan, Roger Staubach, Tom Selleck, Bonnie Blair, Billie Jean King, General Colin Powell, Mike Love, Nadia Comaneci & Bart Connor, Sandra Day O’Connor, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Pat Boone, Eric Heiden, Ronnie Lott, Dick Enberg, Alan Hassenfeld, Bill Walton, George Foreman, Kris Kristofferson, John Mara, Dick and Rick Hoyt, Bob Weiland, John McCain, and a host of other men and women who’ve made exceptional contributions in art, science, medicine, military service, and sport.