It's official! Former Indiana Fever basketball star Tamika Catchings will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Aug. 29 in Springfield, Mass.!
Catchings played for the Indiana Fever from 2002-16 and is now general manager and vice-president of basketball operations with the franchise. She won four Olympic gold medals for Team USA, a national championship at Tennessee and a WNBA title, as well as racking up many statistical records.
She also owns Tea’s Me Cafe Indy, one of the city's premier tea bars and cafe.
"Wowwwww . . . just want to thank everyone that has been a part of my journey from my park district days to junior high, high school, college, pros and USA Ball," she says on her LinkedIn profile. "When I think about being a HOF'er, tears come to my face and I am just humbled. In my wildest dreams I never could have imagined this but I tell you hard work, dedication, persistence and a never say never attitude . . . those are just a FEW of the things its takes to be great!
"I'm thankful for my amazing parents for always having my back and pushing me to be the best! And my family for being besides me through the ups and downs! This is a celebration for us all! What a blessing!"
The class of 2020 also includes 18-time NBA All-Star and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, 15-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan, 15-time NBA All-Star and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection Kevin Garnett, four-time National Coach of the Year Eddie Sutton, two-time NBA Champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, three-time NCAA National Championship Coach of Baylor Kim Mulkey, five-time Division II National Coach of the Year Barbara Stevens and longtime FIBA executive Patrick Baumann.
We at Great Day TV are proud of you, Tamika!