Leave a comment

WP_20141112_13_15_49_Pro 1In a rare in-depth interview, one of Indiana’s sports legends, Tamika Catchings, talked on Afternoons with Amos about this stage in her life and career. Catchings, a perennial WNBA All Star, leader of the 2012 WNBA Champion Indiana Fever and three-time Gold Medal Olympian, plans to retire from the game after the 2016 Olympics and the 2016 WNBA season. In the interview with Amos, Tamika Catchings talked about how her role with our Indiana Fever is changing. How she’s playing less minutes which gives some of the younger Fever players a chance to gain experience, grow and shine. Catchings talked about her role as a leader on the Fever and the importance of veterans on a team, or any organization. Catchings also talked about how younger players or younger employees in an organization, look upon older players and employees as mentors. And the difficulty older players or employees sometimes have in adjusting to that new role. Catchings talked about her newest goal, to study for an MBA which would lead Catchings to her post playing days goal of being a team executive, like a General Manager. Catchings told Amos and listeners that she doesn’t want to coach. Saying she’s so competitive as a player that she doesn’t think she’d make a good coach. In her view, the most competitive players like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan don’t necessarily make the best coaches. Catchings also talked with Amos about the unique experience she had recently when she attended a basketball game played by Lauren Hill. That’s the Lawrenceburg, Indiana young lady and player for the Mount St. Joseph College women’s basketball team who’s dealing with terminal brain cancer; with just a few months to live. Tamika Catchings was on hand in Cincinnati when Lauren Hill played the opening game of the season and made both the first and last baskets of the game. Catchings was joined by other WNBA stars and Catchings’ college coach, the legendary Pat Summitt of Tennessee in presenting Hill with awards named after Coach Summitt and the legendary athlete Wilma Rudolph. Amos also asked Tamika Catchings about how her college coach is facing her own struggle with Alzheimer’s, which caused Summitt to retire from active coaching. In the interview, Catchings also talked about her Catch The Stars Foundation and the work they do with young people and an appearance Catchings made at an event for the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. It’s an in-depth interview about one of this city and state’s most enduring sports figures and positive role models – Tamika Catchings. Click the Media Player to Hear the Afternoons with Amos Interview With Tamika Catchings. Runs 18 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.

comments – add yours
×