Tamika Catchings, six-time WNBA All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medallist and President of the WNBA Playersâ€™ Association, has become the latest high-profile sport star to become an Ambassador to Beyond Sport.
In her new Beyond Sport role, Tamika will help to spread the word about the global initiative and its mission to promote, develop, and fund the use of sport to create positive social change across the world.Â
In addition, Tamika will offer her input during the final judging process for the Beyond Sport Awards which provides funding and business support worth $1 million annually to projects across the world that use sport to address issues within their communities.
Tamikaâ€™s appointment as an Ambassador also represents a substantial show of support in Beyond Sportâ€™s mission and associated values by the Womenâ€™s National Basketball Association, the most successful womenâ€™s sports league in the world.
Speaking about her new role, Tamika said: â€œI am delighted to become an Ambassador for an initiative that looks to show how sport can make a tangible difference to the lives of disadvantaged individuals all across the world. I cannot wait to get started and help Beyond Sport spread the word about the impact sport can have on the poorest and most socially excluded communities.â€
As well as her on-the-court exploits, Tamika has also led from the front in terms of her commitment to social development.
She was born with a hearing disability as a young girl and, drawing from her first-hand experiences, she was moved to set up the Catch the Stars Foundation which helps disadvantaged youth achieve their dreams. In 2008, Tamika was awarded the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award for her work in the Indianapolis community with her foundation.
She joins 22 other Ambassadors, all who bring unique experiences and visions to the Beyond Sport initiative, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; the multi-Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson; Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of London 2012; HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein of Jordan; and two-time Womenâ€™s World Cup winner and former president of the Womenâ€™s Sport Foundation, Julie Foudy.
Beyond Sport is partnered with Barclays Spaces for Sports, United Airlines, TIME International and UNICEF.
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