Tamika Catchings was born in New Jersey, finished her high school career in Texas and played college ball at Tennessee before heading to Indiana where her hoops exploits for the Fever have now landed her in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Even better, she is truly a local legend, having remained in Indy after retirement to continue making a big impact on, not only the Fever franchise, but the local community, as well.
But that local impact didn’t earn her the call to the Hall. Nope, that would be the 10 WNBA All-Star appearances, the 12- time All-WNBA selection ( including 7 first team selections), the 2011 WNBA MVP, four Olympic gold medals and last but not least the 2012 WNBA championship she helped guide the Fever to while being named the WNBA Finals MVP.
All of this while remaining the most root-for-able athlete in the city that has had several over the years. Catch has made Indy her home now serving as the VP of basketball operations/GM for the Fever. She married a local hooper of Pike High School fame, Parnell Smith who played on a pair of state championship teams for the Red Devils. She also has a local breakfast and lunch spot called Tea’s Me Cafe which recently expanded by opening a second cafe.
So congrats to Indy’s adopted local legend, Tamika Catchings on her Hall of Fame enshrinement!
Here are the Hall of Fame ceremony details:
When: Saturday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Class of 2020: Tamika Catchings, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovic, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, Patrick Bauman