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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Catch A Star: Shining Through Adversity To Become a Champion

Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever was the WNBA's 2011 MVP.  A three-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time WNBA ALL-Star, Catchings was a four-time All-American and a member of the National Chapion University of Tennessee Lady Vols under legendary coach Pat Summitt.  Catchings's story of overcoming adversity, growing in faith, and achieving success despite the many challenges she's faced inspires the Indianapolis boys and girls served by her Catch the Stars Foundation.

Growing up, Tamika Catchings suffered from profound hearing loss, bullying, and the anguish of her parents' divorce.  But she wasn't about to allow those challenges to determine her destiny. Through perseverance and God's grace, Tamika became one of the top female basketball players of all time.

Catch a Star is her story of overcoming.  Of leading the Indiana Fever to its first championship.  Of being named one of the WNBA's top fifteen players in history.  Of earning three Olympic gold medals.  And of founding the Catch the Stars Foundation to help young people achieve their dreams.

Her story will inspire you to fave your doubts and fears and reach for your own dream, no matter what challenges come your way.

My Thoughts:
"There's only one way to go from here...forward."
That is Tamika Catchings story in one simple sentence in her own words.  Tamika partnered with Ken Petersen to write her biography and I'm so very glad she did.  Her story is one of tenacity and of moving forward and not looking back.  My little boy is ten and he loves basketball and has recently developed a love of reading the biographies of sports figures.  He has Tamika's book in his "too be read" pile.  Tamika shares her story with an honesty and transparency that is inspiring.  Her book should be in the hands of every kid aspiring to forge their path in sports.

*I was provided a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for providing an honest review.

Happy Reading Ya'll,