Posted on February 22, 2015 by Jen Marcuson
Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings founded the Catch the Stars Foundation (CTSF) in the spring of 2004. As a community leader, she embraces being a positive role model by encouraging youth to be all that they can be. It is the philosophy of the foundation that in order to truly engage youth, we must address issues most relevant to them and meet them where they are. Tamika therefore utilizes her relationships of influence with other professional athletes to provide tools and resources for youth participating in the foundation’s programs.
CTSF provides the following programming for youth in the Indianapolis area:
- Catch on to Fitness Clinics is a free fitness clinic is for youth ages 7-14 that demonstrates ways to improve overall health through proper nutrition, exercise and leading healthier lifestyles. It serves a maximum of 250 youth and admission is free with the donation of ten canned goods.
- Youth Holiday Basketball Camp is a three-day camp focusing on fundamental basketball skills, nutrition, character development, academics and team building. It targets youth age 9-15 residing in Central Indiana. This program serves a maximum of 250 students.
- Court Stars (Sisters Teaching and Reaching Sisters) and Champs (Changing Habits and Making People Successful) is a bi-annual, six-week mentoring program for girls and boys that integrates sports and life skills by focusing on fitness while also exploring different social skills during the two-hour sessions. This program encourages youth ages 12-16 to have positive attitudes, set goals, addresses peer pressure, self-esteem and become more active in the community. It serves a maximum of 40 youth per session annually.
- Scholar Athlete Scholarship Dinner recognizes and honors Indianapolis area students, who excel in academics, make a difference in the community and participate in athletics. Both a male and female scholar athlete will be awarded $2,500 renewable ($10,000 total) scholarships based on their essays and applications. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist scholar athletes with their higher educational goals.
Anyone can get involved with CTSF by donating their time or talents or by contributing financially to the foundation. The biggest need that they have is for volunteers. They would love to add quality volunteers to their great team. Financial donations are always welcome but they have found that when people get personally involved, they naturally want to give to something that they believe in.