On October 27, former Lady Vol and WNBA star Tamika Catchings will speak at a fundraising dinner to benefit two scholarship funds for the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).
Dinner with Tamika Catchings will take place at The Foundry On The Fair Site, located at 747 World’s Fair Park Drive in Knoxville. Tickets are $75 per person with the option to sponsor a table. Mickey Dearstone who is known as the “voice of the Lady Vols” will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Catchings, a former UT Lady Vols Basketball standout, 16-year WNBA Indiana Fever player, and four-time USA Basketball Olympic gold medalist will share her inspiring story of sports and hearing loss, and the important role the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology played in her life.
In April 2017, Catchings was named director of Player Programs and Franchise Development with Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E). Her position includes work with all three PS&E basketball franchises – the Indiana Pacers, the Indiana Fever and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. She assists with the structure and implementation of player development programs, player relations and community outreach.
Catchings joined the Indiana franchise in 2001 when she was the club’s first-round draft selection – just one year after the Fever was established. She has been a constant ambassador and respected representative of the NBA, WNBA and PS&E throughout her career.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Tamika Catchings Endowed Scholarship Fund (supporting UTHSC Audiology and Speech Pathology graduate students) and the Tamika Catchings Amplification Assistance Fund which supports UTHSC Hearing and Speech Center patients in need.
Individuals wishing to attend should RSVP by Friday, October 20. A basketball clinic instructed by Tamika will also be auctioned off at the event. For more information or to make a donation in lieu of attendance, visit www.uthscalumni.com/catchingsdinner or contact Michelle Nixon at 901.448.8387 or firstname.lastname@example.org.