Former UT Hoops Star Tamika Catchings Is FCA Speaker

Friday, November 30, 2012

The annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes "Road to Victory" Banquet will be held Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Former UT Women’s basketball All-American Tamika Catchings will be the keynote speaker for this annual fundraiser that benefits the Greater Chattanooga FCA.

"We are thrilled to have one of the best women’s basketball players in the world coming to Chattanooga to speak on behalf of FCA." stated local FCA Director Jay Fowler.

"Tamika Catchings is a champion in basketball and in life. She is one of only a handful of athletes in the world that has won championships at the highest level collegiately, professionally and in the Olympics. She has accomplished this despite a major hearing impairment throughout her life while maintaining her strong faith in Jesus Christ and her Christian example."

Catchings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, has had success on the basketball court at every level. The daughter of former NBA player, Harvey Catchings, Tamika and her sister Tauja combined to lead Stevenson High School in Illinois to the state championship in the mid-90s. Legendary UT Coach Pat Summit recruited Catchings and in 1997 she became a Lady Vol.


One of the designated “three Meeks”, Tamika teamed with Chamique Holdsclaw and Sameka Randall to form the nucleus of one of the greatest Tennessee teams ever. UT won the NCAA championship in Tamika’s freshman year going undefeated that season. Catchings is one of only a handful of players to be named an All-American all four years of college as she led the Lady Vols in scoring all four seasons. She is one of only five Lady Vols to have her jersey number retired. Despite a major knee injury during her senior season she was selected third overall by the Indiana Fever in the 2001 WNBA draft.

Catchings recovered from her injury to be named the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2002. In her 11 year career with the Fever she has been a 7 time WNBA All-Star, won the Defensive Player of the Year award 5 times, was the WNBA MVP in 2011, and was voted the WNBA Finals MVP this year as she led the Fever to their first-ever Championship. She is a three- time Olympic gold medalist and was again a key contributor to this year’s team that brought back the Gold Medal from London.

Tamika has also received numerous awards for her off the court service and community involvement including the Coach John Wooden Citizenship Cup Award, the Dawn Staley Leadership Award, and the Eleanor Roosevelt League Award for those Hard of Hearing. In 2004 she created the “Catch the Stars Foundation” to provide academic and sports-related programs for at-risk youth. Her work with youth in camps and on playgrounds and her visits to youth in hospitals are legendary in both Indianapolis and Knoxville.

About the banquet, Fowler stated, “The timing on having Tamika here is exciting also with high school basketball headed towards state tournaments, college conference tournaments preparing to tip and a legendary basketball star here to speak. We hope Lady Vols’ fans, FCA fans, and basketball fans in general will join us for this special event.”

The Greater Chattanooga FCA was founded locally in 1961 by Marion Gaston and several other local Christian business leaders. Road to Victory is the primary annual fund-raiser for the Greater Chattanooga FCA in its ministry to athletes and coaches on more than 60 high school, middle school, and college campuses in southeast Tennessee.

For additional information about Road to Victory please contact Jay Fowler at (423) 877-3561 or (423) 309-4255 or check out

Over 50 Race Teams Slated For Cleveland Speedway Saturday Night

The U.S. Legends INEX series based out of Charlotte, N.C. brought over 50 race teams from around the world this weekend for the "Fitzgerald Glider Kits" $20,000 "Dirt Nationals" at Cleveland Speedway. The three-day event culminates on Saturday night with feature races as well as a full show of United Crate Racing Alliance "Topless"  Late Models. The UCRA is expected ... (click for more)

McCallie's Pete Potter Remembered

On one of McCallie’s special nights, a myriad of former players and coaches gathered Friday night to honor and remember former Blue Tornado coach Pete Potter who coached the boys in blue from 1973 to 1993 with a school best win-loss record of 155-67. The school has now named the gridiron field Pete Potter Field at Bill Spears Stadium. On a rainy night, but a good one for the ... (click for more)

Man, 25, Shot While Riding In Car In Brainerd On Friday Night

A 25-year-old man was shot while riding in a car in Brainerd on Friday night. Police said Anthony Amey had non-life threatening injuries. At approximately 9:20 p.m., Chattanooga Police were notified of a gunshot wound victim being treated at a local hospital. Of ficers found that the shooting occurred at 500 South Germantown Road. T he victim stated he ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed To Death On Hooker Road; Man Injured; Suspect Being Interviewed

A young woman was stabbed to death on Hooker Road early Friday morning and a man was injured. At approximately 1:54 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a stabbing at the 4000 block of Hooker Road. There police located Angel Evans, 33, deceased. She was stabbed multiple times. A second person, Gerald Nelson, 24, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening ... (click for more)

The Facts About Jail

Since Roy had such a positive reaction to Jeffrey Cross's wonderful (and wonderfully civil--how refreshing) email response to his column on the bike lanes, allow me to speak on the subject of the jail.  First off, Roy's right about some things:  It is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed.  This is no secret, it's in the Grand Jury report every term.  Here's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Black Voice In Memphis

Tennessee got quite a peek at its political barometer Thursday night in Memphis when A.C. Wharton, a once-popular black leader who has been Mayor since 2009, was thoroughly trounced by Jim Strickland, currently on the City Council. Strickland, a white Democrat, may be the first step in bringing the now much-maligned West Tennessee city back to hope and reality. What no one can believe ... (click for more)