(March 18, 2015) – It’s March Madness frenzy in Indianapolis, but it’s the off season for the Indiana Fever.
Fans only have two more season to watch the Fever’s greatest player in action.
Tamika Catchings will retire after the 2016 season.
“The Olympics coming up next year in 2016 is something I want to go out playing in the Olympics and hopefully win a gold medal. That is probably the best time to walk away. Win a couple championships with the Fever and then walk away with another gold medal and have an opportunity to walk out on your own terms, God willing,” explained Catchings.
Tamika Catchings has worn the Indiana Fever jersey since 2001.
“When I first got drafted here, I never thought I would stay. I thought what they do in Indiana? I don`t know. But getting here and getting involved in the community, it`s been a dream come true,” said Catchings.
In 2012, Catchings was the WNBA Finals MVP after leading the Fever to their first league championship. Catchings has also won three Olympic gold medals for Team USA.
So what does life after the WNBA look like for Tamika Catchings?
Catchings wants to one day manage or own a team, mentoring players and advocating for pay equality.
Male basketball players out-earn women 200-to-1.
“The NBA has been around for sixty plus years. And, we are talking about a league that next year will be our 20th year. I would love to get paid millions of dollars for what I do. But. while we are in it now and my daughter will have an opportunity to play and make millions of dollars. I will always be around the game. WNBA players come and go but we always stay true to the game of ball. And to be around for the younger generation,” said Tamika Catchings.
Catchings also plans to grow her Catch the Stars Foundation here in Indianapolis and expand the organization across the country. Catchings is committed to helping kids stay fit and become better readers.
“God has blessed me with so much. It is my turn to turn around and bless others,” said Catchings.
The Catch the Stars Foundation is competing the the Brackets for Good March Madness competition. Click here for more information on the competition.
Catchings will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in April.