Every basketball nerd has heard of this name, no one can deny that. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catching left the basketball arena as its all-time steals leader. She emerged to be an “an everything player” for Indian Fever ever since she was signed in 2001 till she retired in 2016.
Despite changing her jersey, Tamika remains very influential in the WNBA world to date, which is why many are still interested in knowing her personal affairs. Read on through this piece to explore the former Fever queen career achievements, net worth, family and what she does now.
Tamika Catchings Bio: Age, Early Life, Parents, Family Details
She was born on July 21, 1979, in Stratford, New Jersey. She was born to Wanda and Harvey Catchings. She has two brothers Bryce and Kenyon and two sisters Tauja and Chrystie. Tamika hails from a sporting family and her father is known to have spent 11 years playing in the NBA. He later worked as a Director of NBA Player Programs in the league office. The sister, Tauja is a known basketball player as well.
Tamika is not only a guru in the basketball world but has a strong educational background as well. She joined and finished high school at Duncanville in Texas. She later earned a degree in sport management and a minor in business. She furthered her sports studies and earned a master’s degree. As a result, she too worked at the Basketball Department at one point immediately after her retirement.
Tamika is happily married to Parnell Smith. Her romantic affairs before she married Smith on Feb. 7, 2016, have not been revealed. She boasts a basketball body, standing at 6 foot and weighing 167 pounds.
Tamika Catchings Career Achievements
Tamika is one of the few WNBA players who have captured the championship in both WNBA and college, clinched a gold medal in the Olympics, and won the FIBA world cup. Her career achievements and awards are long enough to compose a novel of epic length.
But just to mention a few, she started clenching medals with the junior teams. She was a member of the 1996 USA (U18) team that captured the silver medal in the junior championship in Chetumal Mexico. The following year, they clinched the U19 junior championship gold medal in Brazil. 1998 the US posted a 5-0 record in Taipei, Taiwan and Tamika was part of the team.
In 2001, she was drafted by Indiana first round, and she drafted 3rd overall. This is where she had her entire league career till she retired in 2016.
She joined the USA national team in 2002 after an impressive start at club level. She never disappointed at the national team either. She won the US team Gold medals in 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016 Olympics; 2002 Opals World Challenge; and 2002 & 2010 FIBA World Championships.
In the league, she was ranked top 10 in points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks just after a year with the Indiana Fever. That season, she topped the team sats in all aspects and broke several records. Never before had a fever player named in all WNBA First Team. She became the first and did it repeatedly. In addition, she was voted the runners up in the league’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Awards in the same season.
Her other seasons were not different either. She continued dominating her team performance, breaking many records including her own. She played in a consitent form till she retired with a club record of
Where Is Tamika Catchings Now?
The WNBA star is very influential and she is heavily involved in her community development. In 2004, she was called by Bush to attend the president’s 2004 state of the nation speech as a representative to Olympic hopefuls.
In 2012, she appeared with Michele Obama as part of the “Let’s move tour.” Since then, she served in the US department and state council for empowering women/girls through sport.
Curently, Tamika host camps and clinics and helps raise money to allow the disadvantaged youths to have their opportunity in the basketball camps. This is in support to catch the star foundation which she launched in 2004.
Given her community activities, Catchings is not done with awards yet. She recently won the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in January 2021, for her work in Indiana. The award was given by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
Tamika Catchings Net Worth
During her days, the highest national basketball player was paid $100K. With that, plus other sources, the retired star’s net worth is estimated to be not less than $300K.