Tamika Catchings shares hand-written note from former coach Pat Summitt in 2002

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - It's been an emotional week for the Indiana Fever's Tamika Catchings, who's retiring from the WNBA after this season.

On Tuesday, she shared a note from former Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt - who has since passed away after a fight with Alzheimer's Disease - written in July 2002.

"Tamika," the hand-written note reads, "Great to see you, watch you play and have lunch with you. You look terrific and I know you're glad to be back on the court. I'm proud of you and proud for you. Hang tough through the hard times. You have a great pro career ahead of you. Pat."

The note came at a point when Tamika was recovering from an ACL injury, so it was meant as some encouragement. It obviously means much more all these years later.

Tamika said in a Twitter post she came across the note while cleaning her garage. "My first season in the WNBA with the Indiana Fever. Gosh I miss her! #SoBlessed @Inspire #ChangingLives," she wrote.