get-attachment-1Off the court, Tamika Catchings is one of the country’s most highly-regarded citizen-athletes, winning numerous awards throughout her career for her community service.

  • On Jan. 18, 2016, she became the first female recipient of the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award, in Memphis, alongside Spencer Haywood and Jalen Rose
  • She was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on April 28, 2015…on
  • On April 26, 2014, Indy Parks and Recreation dedicated Tamika Catchings Court, in Thatcher Park on Indy’s west side, in honor of her good works.
  • In 2013, she served on a mentoring panel at the White House to honor Women’s History Month, speaking with other female luminaries to a group of high school students.
  • She was named by Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton to serve on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports. Serving in that capacity with the State Department, she has traveled to Bangkok, Thailand and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. to engage girls and women in sports.
  • Since the 2012-13 college season, she has been a National Ambassador for the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, honoring college women’s basketball stars who do good work in their communities.
  • Catchings was the 2012 Honoree for the Pacers Foundation and Simon Youth Foundation Masquerade Gala and prior to the 2013 season, the Catch The Stars Foundation was honored by the Indianapolis City-County Council.
  • In 2012 alone, she was a spokesperson for Indy’s Super Cure, a community initiative of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee to aid in research and donation of healthy breast tissue; she was named an NBA/WNBA ambassador for Sanofi’s “Dribble to Stop Diabetes” campaign; she was named to serve on the board of trustees of the Women’s Sports Foundation; and appeared with First Lady Michelle Obama in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of Obama’s “Let’s Move Tour,” geared toward solving the problem of childhood obesity.
  • In 2011, she was voted a Top 5 Finalist for the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award and one of ten “Dream Team for Public Service” finalists for the Jefferson Award for outstanding service by an athlete.
  • She earned honorable recognition in January 2004 when President George W. Bush extended a personal invitation to the State of the Union Address at the U.S. Capitol, where she spent the evening with Laura Bush and other honored guests.
  • She joined the Philadelphia Eagles’ Donovan McNabb and the Atlanta Braves’ John Smoltz as finalists for the 2006 Wooden Citizenship Cup which is presented annually to college and professional athletes for exhibiting outstanding community service.
  • In October 2007, she was honored alongside former Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy as a recipient of the Major Taylor Award, which annually recognizes top African-American coaches, athletes and administrators for outstanding community service.
  • She was the 2008 female recipient of the Rotary Club of Tulsa Henry P. Iba Citizen-Athlete Award.
  • She was the 2009 recipient of the Rev. Charles Williams Award, presented in honor of individuals who have distinguished themselves through direct service to youth in the Indianapolis community.