SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – The Hy-Vee/Sanford Legends For Kids Camp received its first visitor to Sioux Falls on Saturday morning, helping kids through their journey in the sport of basketball. Someone who did pretty much everything there was to do as a former WNBA pro.
Former University of Tennessee and Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings made her first trip to the city to host today’s camps at the Sanford Pentagon. Catchings is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and is one of 11 women to have received an Olympic gold medal and an NCAA championship, a FIBA World Cup gold medal and a WNBA championship.
Catchings said these camps are just as important to her as they are to the kids, as it’s her way of giving back for a successful career.
“Really being able to come in and hang out with the kids. We have our second group about to arrive. I think that’s really important when you think about giving back, the opportunities for me to be able to be a professional basketball player, to come back and teach the next generation. And showing them this game is so much fun. Catchings said.
Catchings said the attention women’s sports are getting in South Dakota is incredible and it’s important to have role models. she says that for her it was her parents and her college coach Pat Summit, and says that if there are role models in South Dakota, the sport will grow.
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