WNBA Star Tamika Catchings to Speak at JBU

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (November 14, 2011) — John Brown University will welcome WNBA star Tamika Catchings as the chapel speaker on Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks.

Tamika Catchings plays for the Indiana Fever and is one of the top players in the WNBA, having received the title of WNBA Defensive Player of the Year four times. In addition, she was named the recipient of the 2010 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award for exemplifying the ideals of sportsmanship on the court.  In the spring of 2004 Tamika founded the Catch the Stars Foundation whose goal is to provide academic and sports related programs for at-risk youth. She is a three time winner of the WNBA Community Assist Award for her outstanding involvement in the community.

“Tamika is one of the most famous female basketball players out there,” Jeff Soderquist, JBU women’s basketball’s head coach said. “I wanted to have an athlete come to our school who is known not only for what she does on the court but what she does off the court. She is known for, and does not shy away from her faith in Jesus Christ. I want our athletes to see another athlete using what God has given her for His glory.”

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. A member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, JBU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.