Both women were raised by single mothers with financial challenges. Both women were raised in Christian homes and went on to professional basketball careers. And both now use their success as a way to help others, a goal both say is driven by their faith.
Catchings, whose nickname since her days with the storied Tennessee Lady Volunteers is “Catch,” founded “Catch the Stars,” a foundation that pairs mentors with low-income children to focus on literacy and fitness.
She was named ESPN’s first-ever “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2015 for her work with the foundation.
“I’ve learned that my success in basketball is temporary and the most important thing is keeping Jesus the focus of my life,” she told Athletes in Action, a Christian sports ministry. “God’s purpose for me is not only to play basketball, but also to prepare our youth to catch their dreams one star at a time.
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