Mark Wiedmer: Tamika Catchings a great catch for FCA

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, a former Tennessee Lady Vol, celebrates with the trophy and the MVP award after winning the WNBA basketball Finals against the Minnesota Lynx in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The Fever won 87-78 to clinch their first WNBA championship. 

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, a former Tennessee Lady Vol, celebrates with the trophy and the MVP award after winning the WNBA basketball Finals against the Minnesota Lynx in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The Fever won 87-78 to clinch their first WNBA championship. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CHATTANOOGA - Viewed from afar, without the gory details that almost always burden one's real life, Tamika Catchings appears to have led an almost perfect existence during her 33 years on Mother Earth.

Daughter of longtime NBA forward Harvey Catchings, she lived a childhood of relative economic privilege. Upon signing a women's basketball scholarship with Tennessee, she became a four-time All-American, was voted Rookie of the Year for her first professional season delayed by a knee injury and was the WNBA MVP in 2011.

She's also won three Olympic gold medals, the third coming last summer in London.

No wonder in announcing that Catchings will speak to the FCA's Road to Victory banquet on March 5, area FCA director Jay Fowler said, "We are thrilled to have one of the best women's basketball players in the world coming to Chattanooga. ... We think this is a tremendous opportunity for girls' basketball players and coaches from all over the Tennessee Valley to see and hear Tamika and learn how she was able to reach the pinnacle of her sport."

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