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WNBA Star Tamika Catchings inspires Fort Wayne students

Former Indiana Fever star shares her story with student athletes.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 11:00 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2020 1:46 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Tamika Catchings knows a little something about big dreams.

"I would say the biggest thing is dreaming big."


The former WNBA star remembers being ashamed for years because of her hearing aids, she even threw them away once.

It wasn't until she reached the University of Tennessee that former coach, Pat Summit convinced her to embrace her differences and use them as motivation. She now shares that message with others.

RELATED: Tamika Catchings named to 2020 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class

"Strive for greatness. When you dream big it's about believing. It's about leaving an impact and it's about being great. Whatever that looks like to you," Catchings said.

That's what brought her to the Ash Center in Fort Wayne on Tuesday -- just one day after she was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist told the 70 student-athletes to make time for others, even at the peak of your success.

"The gold medals, trophies, championships and honors... those come and go. When you leave impact and actually plant a seed into somebody. One day one of these kids are going to be up here speaking," Catchings added.

The CEO of World Baseball Academy, Caleb Kimmell says it was great for students to hear from Catchings.

"The fact that she's overcome adversity and she's done it with excellence and hard work, determination and core values is what we're trying to instill in our young people," Kimmell said.

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