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Forward for the WNBA's Indiana Fever, Four time Olympic Gold Medalist

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One of the last three players named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team, Tamika Catchings makes her second straight Olympic appearance in Beijing. The first nine team members were announced May 31, but Catchings was not among them because she was injured at the time. However, by July 10, when the final three were announced, Catchings had shown enough recovery from tearing her right Achilles' tendon in September 2007. She returned to her WNBA team, the Indiana Fever, on June 15. At the 2004 Athens Games, where the U.S. won its third straight gold medal, Catchings started all eight games and averaged 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds to go with 22 steals.

Catchings' injury prevented her from playing in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, which the U.S. won and thus qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games. Team USA would not have had to play in the qualifying tournament had it won the 2006 World Championships, but it lost in the semifinals and took bronze; it was the first time since 1994 that the U.S. women did not win the world title. Catchings started all nine games for the 2006 Worlds team, averaging 7.0 points and team-highs of 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals in just over 21 minutes a game. In 2002, she became the first American to win gold at both junior and senior world championships. Catchings played on the U.S. junior team that won the 1997 world title as well as the 2002 senior world championship squad.

In December 2003, Catchings became the fifth women's basketball player to have her number (24) retired at the University of Tennessee, one of the nation's premier programs. A four-time All-American, Catchings was named national player of the year by several outlets as a junior in 2000, and would have competed for those honors again as a senior if not for a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament that cut short her final season. During her four seasons the Lady Vols went 134-10, won four Southeastern Conference tournament and regular season titles and went to two Final Fours. In her first season, 1997-98, she helped Tennessee go 39-0 and win the NCAA title while setting a school freshman scoring record with 711 points (18.2 ppg).

The transition from college to professional ball was seamless for Catchings -- once she got on the court. After sitting out the 2001 WNBA season with two knee injuries, Catchings debuted with a splash for the Indiana Fever in 2002, winning the Rookie of the Year award, making the All-WNBA first team and finishing second in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year. She averaged 18.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, while leading the league with 2.9 steals. The WNBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, Catchings has finished among the top three in balloting for the WNBA MVP Award in four of her six active pro seasons. She is a five-time WNBA All-Star and six-time All-WNBA recipient.

Catchings was born with a hearing deficiency in both ears. As a child, she said her classmates teased her because she had hearing aids, glasses, and braces, and spoke with a speech impediment. Upset by the teasing, she discarded the hearing aids and got by mostly by reading lips. Catchings didn't regularly wear hearing aids again until her freshman year at Tennessee, when head coach Pat Summitt noticed that she wasn't doing everything she was told. So Catchings wore them through her sophomore year, but doesn't wear hearing aids on the court anymore. She does put them in for public speaking engagements to help her pronunciation, and has become one of the country's leading spokespersons for overcoming hearing impairment.

The daughter of 11-year NBA veteran Harvey Catchings, Tamika isn't the only child in her family with basketball skill. Her sister Tauja, a year older than Tamika, was an All-Big 10 forward at Illinois and was drafted in the third round of the 2000 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. Tauja now heads up the charitable foundation she created with Tamika, Catch the Stars.

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Tamika Catchings

Forward for the WNBA's Indiana Fever, Four time Olympic Gold Medalist

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One of the last three players named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team, Tamika Catchings makes her second straight Olympic appearance in Beijing. The first nine team members were announced May 31, but Catchings was not among them because she was injured at the time. However, by July 10, when the final three were announced, Catchings had shown enough recovery from tearing her right Achilles' tendon in September 2007. She returned to her WNBA team, the Indiana Fever, on June 15. At the 2004 Athens Games, where the U.S. won its third straight gold medal, Catchings started all eight games and averaged 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds to go with 22 steals.

Catchings' injury prevented her from playing in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, which the U.S. won and thus qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games. Team USA would not have had to play in the qualifying tournament had it won the 2006 World Championships, but it lost in the semifinals and took bronze; it was the first time since 1994 that the U.S. women did not win the world title. Catchings started all nine games for the 2006 Worlds team, averaging 7.0 points and team-highs of 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals in just over 21 minutes a game. In 2002, she became the first American to win gold at both junior and senior world championships. Catchings played on the U.S. junior team that won the 1997 world title as well as the 2002 senior world championship squad.

In December 2003, Catchings became the fifth women's basketball player to have her number (24) retired at the University of Tennessee, one of the nation's premier programs. A four-time All-American, Catchings was named national player of the year by several outlets as a junior in 2000, and would have competed for those honors again as a senior if not for a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament that cut short her final season. During her four seasons the Lady Vols went 134-10, won four Southeastern Conference tournament and regular season titles and went to two Final Fours. In her first season, 1997-98, she helped Tennessee go 39-0 and win the NCAA title while setting a school freshman scoring record with 711 points (18.2 ppg).

The transition from college to professional ball was seamless for Catchings -- once she got on the court. After sitting out the 2001 WNBA season with two knee injuries, Catchings debuted with a splash for the Indiana Fever in 2002, winning the Rookie of the Year award, making the All-WNBA first team and finishing second in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year. She averaged 18.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, while leading the league with 2.9 steals. The WNBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, Catchings has finished among the top three in balloting for the WNBA MVP Award in four of her six active pro seasons. She is a five-time WNBA All-Star and six-time All-WNBA recipient.

Catchings was born with a hearing deficiency in both ears. As a child, she said her classmates teased her because she had hearing aids, glasses, and braces, and spoke with a speech impediment. Upset by the teasing, she discarded the hearing aids and got by mostly by reading lips. Catchings didn't regularly wear hearing aids again until her freshman year at Tennessee, when head coach Pat Summitt noticed that she wasn't doing everything she was told. So Catchings wore them through her sophomore year, but doesn't wear hearing aids on the court anymore. She does put them in for public speaking engagements to help her pronunciation, and has become one of the country's leading spokespersons for overcoming hearing impairment.

The daughter of 11-year NBA veteran Harvey Catchings, Tamika isn't the only child in her family with basketball skill. Her sister Tauja, a year older than Tamika, was an All-Big 10 forward at Illinois and was drafted in the third round of the 2000 WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. Tauja now heads up the charitable foundation she created with Tamika, Catch the Stars.

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  • How much does it cost to book Tamika Catchings?

    Booking fees for Tamika Catchings, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tamika Catchings, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tamika Catchings?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tamika Catchings for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tamika Catchings for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tamika Catchings or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tamika Catchings or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tamika Catchings is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tamika Catchings for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Tamika Catchings generally travels from Indianapolis, IN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dave Dravecky, Lisa Leslie, Pat Williams, Jim Morris and Shannon Miller. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tamika Catchings for an upcoming event.

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