INDIANAPOLIS – In front of an audience of Marian University supporters on Friday night, Katie Douglas talked about her goals when she got a chance to return to her hometown.
She was referencing the time in 2008 when she was able to join the Fever in Indianapolis, where she grew up and was a star at Perry Meridian High School then Purdue University.
After stops in Orlando, Connecticut and various overseas stops in the WNBA offseason to start her career, Douglas wanted to do everything she could to give back to her hometown in two ways: Win a championship and be someone who gave back to the community.
The former of those goals came last fall when the Fever captured their first WNBA Championship and the latter perhaps came inside the gym at Marian on Friday. It was there that the Douglas was inducted into the Clayton Family Circle of Honor along with Catholic Youth Organization CEO Ed Tinder-an award emblematic of success in sport along with service.
It was an award not taken lightly by the Fever Forward
“This is one of the main reasons I wanted to come back,” said Douglas of contributing to the community. “Not only to win a championship like we did last year but also to give back to my community. I wasn’t able to do that when I was away in Connecticut and throughout my professional career.
“So this was a main reason to come back, establish myself and not to win awards, per se, but just to get involved in the community.”
Douglas has participated in a number of charitable efforts over the past five-and-a-half years and will be on hand for the Purple Stride Run/Walk for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. She has also had an active part in the WNBA Breast Health Awareness initiative and in 2001 was the recipient of the Jim Valvano Comeback Player of the Year Award.
Tinder has been a major part of the CYO for nearly 30 years helping to organize and run various events in a number of sports for the organization affiliated with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.