Tamika Catchings, known on the court for winning every accolade a player can have rising through the WNBA, has become known off of the court for her commitment to giving back. Her parents instilled the value in her when she was younger, she told Laureususa.com. Her Catch the Stars Foundation promotes fitness, literacy, and mentoring.
Catchings was given the inaugural Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award by ESPN during a ceremony at the Conga Room in Los Angeles. ESPN will air a 30-minute special of the event at 8:30 p.m. July 23. The Chicago Bulls will also be celebrated as they receive the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year award.
“Winning this award is way more valuable than the monetary donation that comes along with it – it’s about being able to continue to impact the lives of so many youth that aspire to dream and reach their goals. We will continue pouring our efforts into the lives of our youth through our fitness, literacy and mentoring programs. What an honor and a blessing to be able to bless others,” said Catchings.
The inaugural event helped raise more than $500,000 in net proceeds for The V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Fund, as well as funding various other grants.
Catchings received a $75,000 grant to advance Catch the Stars Foundation, as did the Bulls to continue their work in the community. All runners-up received a $25,000 grant. Donations came via ESPN's Corporate Citizenship department.
Laureus USA is proud to support Tamika and the Catch the Stars Foundation to provide a grant for two young student-athletes to get 4-year college scholarships.