Tamika has quite an impressive resume both on and off the court and is a true spokesperson for the WNBA. She is as active in the community as she is on the basketball court. During the off-season, it’s common to see Catchings making good on promises to young fans that she'll cheer them on. She gives countless hours teaching and motivating youth. Following the success of her own camps and clinics, she created the "Catch the Stars Foundation Inc." in spring 2004. The foundation's goal is to provide academic and sports related programs for at-risk youth.
Tamika played basketball for the University of Tennessee (1997-01) where she led her team in both in scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg). She helped Tennessee to a 16-1 record and a No. 2 national ranking in 2001. She was a Kodak All-America recipient for four consecutive seasons - one of only four women ever to be named four times. She graduated with honors a semester ahead of her class with a degree in sport management and was a 2001 Academic All-SEC honoree. She earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during her final undergraduate semester. Catchings went on to earn her Master’s degree in May 2005.
Drafted by the Indiana Fever in the First Round of the 2001 WNBA Draft (3rd overall), Tamika won the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year award. She became the first Fever player ever to be named to the All-WNBA First Team.
Following the 2002 WNBA season, she helped lead the United States National team to a gold medal in the 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championships. Catchings then headed to South Korea and led the Woori Bank Hansae to a 14-6 record and the regular season title in the Women's Korean Basketball League (WKBL).
During her 2003 WNBA season, Tamika led the Fever in 5 categories including points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. She was the WNBA All-Star game leading vote getter. She was runner up for MVP as well as Player of the Year. Catchings became the Indiana Fever's first 1,000 point scorer and was named a core member of the Olympic bound USA Women's National team.
In 2004, Catchings was named a three-time WNBA Community Assist Award winner for involvement in the community. Due to achievements on and off the court, she attended the 2004 State of the Union Address. In August, Catchings helped bring home the gold as a starter on the USA Basketball team. During her 2004 season, she averaged 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
Catchings finished the 2005 WNBA season by being named the Defensive Player of the Year. She led the Fever in points, rebounds, assists and steals for the fourth consecutive season.
In 2006, Tamika’s community contributions earned her the honor of being a finalist for the Coach John Wooden Citizenship Cup award. She also earned MVP in another WKBL Championship for the Woori Bank Hansae. Plus she snagged a Euro League Championship while playing for the Russian League’s Spartak.
Heading into 2007, Catchings led her team in points, rebounds, assists and steals per game in each of her first six WNBA seasons. She was named an All-Star starter for the sixth time. She became the first recipient of the Dawn Staley Leadership Award for being a positive role model and bettering the community.
In 2008, Catchings bounced back after injury to rejoin the Fever and help Team USA win consecutive Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympics. She finished the WNBA season averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in just under 27.8 minutes per game.
In 2009, The WNBA’s MVP runner-up led the team in rebounds, steals and assists. She won her third WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-WNBA First Team.
A WNBA MVP runner-up for the second straight season, Catchings posted perhaps her finest year in 2010. She led the WNBA in steals (77) for the fourth time and recorded a season-high 30 points over eventual East champion Atlanta. In addition to being named to the All-WNBA First Team and WNBA All-Defensive Team, she received the league’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award.
And finally in 2011, the WNBA awarded Tamika with the MVP Award as she led the Fever to the playoffs.