Catch a Star

Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion

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"Catch a Star will not only give you a look into Tamika's life but will also inspire you to strive to be all you can be in life as well."--Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts


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 of her now four Olympic gold medals. And of founding the Catch the Stars Foundation to help young people achieve their dreams.

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

"Fierce, competitive, tough, funny, and loyal--these adjectives sum up my good friend Tamika Catchings. It's been a pleasure to witness her growth, not only as a basketball player and champion but as a beautiful woman with unbreakable character and strength."--Reggie Miller, NBA Hall of Famer for the Indiana Pacers and TNT NBA analyst

"Tamika Catchings is a role model for young women and for anyone who faces what seems like an insurmountable challenge."--Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA)


Teamwork. Family. Perseverance. Faith. Community. Excellence.

Tamika Catchings knows what it takes to be a champion, both on the court and in everyday life. Let her story inspire yours.

"Tamika Catchings has shown what it means to have the heart of a champion on the court her entire career. Everyone who reads this book will be impacted by her work ethic, loyalty, and example."--Stephanie White, head coach of the Indiana Fever

"Catchings's story is one of inspiration, faith, passion, and overcoming adversity. Catch's career shows how hard work and perseverance make a difference no matter what the odds are."--Ann Meyers Drysdale, member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and former Women's Basketball League MVP with the New Jersey Gems

"A testimony not only to how Catchings overcame adversity and rose to success but also to the power that we all hold within ourselves. A story of courage, determination, and growth."--Dwayne Allen, NFL tight end


Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever was the WNBA's 2011 MVP. A four-time Olympic gold medalist and ten-time WNBA All-Star, Catchings was a four-time All-American and a member of the National Champion 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 boys and girls served by her foundation, Catch the Stars, in Indianapolis.

Ken Petersen is a veteran in the book publishing industry. He has written numerous books over the years and coached a number of authors in writing and publishing. He lives with his wife, Rita, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Endorsements

"Tamika Catchings's story is one of inspiration, faith, passion, and overcoming adversity. Catch's career shows how hard work and perseverance make a difference no matter what the odds are. She is considered one of the best to play the game."

Ann Meyers Drysdale, member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and former Women's Basketball League MVP with the New Jersey Gems

"Fierce, competitive, tough, funny, and loyal--these adjectives sum up my good friend, Tamika Catchings. It's been a pleasure to witness her growth, not only as a basketball player and champion but as a beautiful woman with unbreakable character and strength."

Reggie Miller, NBA Hall of Famer for the Indiana Pacers and TNT-NBA analyst

"Tamika Catchings has lived an extraordinary life. This remarkable book tells the story of her emotional journey to becoming a WNBA champion, WNBA MVP, and three-time Olympic gold medalist and offers a testament to her character and will. She is a role model for young women and for anyone who faces what seems like an insurmountable challenge."

Adam Silver, Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA)

"Tamika Catchings has shown what it means to have the heart of a champion on the court her entire career. In this book, she details her struggles, her triumphs, and her desire to be the best she can be. As a reader, I appreciate her willingness to share her vulnerabilities, and as a friend, I beam with pride at how she channels those vulnerabilities into strengths while impacting those around her. Everyone who reads this book will be impacted by her work ethic, loyalty, and example. The young people who read this will be shown that they can in fact 'catch the stars' if they are willing to commit, persevere, and trust throughout their journey."

Stephanie White, former head coach of the Indiana Fever

"Detailing her achievements on the court barely scratches the surface of her impact in the city of Indianapolis and all over Central Indiana. Tamika has been a shining light in the community, a tireless worker and a tremendous role model for not only young athletes, but for everyone. She is one of the rare superstar athletes who really 'get it.' As a Christian athlete, Tamika understands that she has been gifted by God and with this blessing comes responsibility--a responsibility to give back to those in her community but also a responsibility to let her light shine and point others to Christ."

from the foreword by Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts; author of Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance

"A compelling look into the game of basketball and beyond, Catch a Star is a testimony not only to how Catchings overcame adversity and rose to success but also to the power that we all hold within ourselves. A story of courage, determination, and growth that will challenge the dreams of the reader and dare them to reach higher."

Dwayne Allen, NFL tight end


The Authors

  1. Tamika Catchings
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    Tamika Catchings

    Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever was the WNBA's 2011 MVP. A four-time Olympic gold medalist and ten-time WNBA All-Star, Catchings was a four-time All-American and a member of the National Champion University of Tennessee Lady Vols under legendary coach...

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  2. Ken Petersen

    Ken Petersen

    Ken Petersen is a veteran in the book publishing industry. He has written numerous books in the categories of memoir, motivation, self-help, and theology, and he's coached a number of authors in writing and publishing. He lives with his wife, Rita, in Colorado...

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