Former Indiana Fever superstar Tamika Catchings has been appointed to the Indianapolis Airport Authority Board by Mayor Joe Hogsett, he announced Monday.
Catchings retired from playing basketball after the 2016 season following 10 WNBA All-Star selections, one WNBA championship, one league MVP and four Olympic gold medals. She is now Pacers Sports and Entertainment’s director of player programs and franchise development, and operates her own Fall Creek Place tea shop, Tea’s Me Cafe.
The four-year appointment increases the overall number of members on the IAA board from 10 to 11, a change mandated by state lawmakers this year. The law elevated a non-voting member of the board representing Morgan County to a full voting member, and it granted the Indianapolis Mayor one additional appointment.
“Tamika Catchings’ commitment to excellence throughout her lifetime of achievement will only assist us as we strive to continue the highest quality of customer experience here at the Indianapolis International Airport,” Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez said in written comments. “As we continue to raise the Indy airport’s profile internationally, after the recent launch of our nonstop flight to Paris, we are particularly excited by the multicultural experiences Tamika will bring, having played and lived in various places around the world.”
Catchings played her entire WNBA career with the Fever after winning an NCAA championship at the University of Tennessee under legendary coach Pat Summitt. She was named Naismith College Player of the Year in 2000.
Her Catch the Stars Foundation, founded in 2004, provides basketball camps, mentoring and literacy programs for underprivileged children.
The Indianapolis Airport Authority oversees Indianapolis International Airport, the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport-Gordon Graham Field, Indianapolis Regional Airport in Greenfield and Metropolitan Airport in Fishers.