Tamika Catchings starts day of her farewell game with church

Tamika Catchings starts farewell game day with church
Tamika final regular season game

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Sunday morning, before Tamika's regular season farewell in front of a sellout crowd, she started her day with her entire family-- in church. We talked with the WNBA star about her commitment to putting God first and the role her church family has played in her career.

Sunday morning's 9:00 service at New Life Worship Center looks like it does most weeks. When she's not on the road playing basketball, you'll find Tamika Catchings right here listening to Pastor John F. Ramsey Sr. and worshipping God.

"I feel like my faith has been the biggest part of my success in what I do on and off the court," said Catchings.

While today's final regular season game before her retirement was a big deal, Tamika doesn't lose sight of what got her here, what's grounded her and who's propelled her to the top.

"They always say you can't limit God. You can't limit where he takes you. Being here and having them by my side 100% and the whole congregation behind me in everything I do is a blessing," said Catchings.

It's a relationship that started more than ten years ago.

"They've seen me grow up. Now I'm married, they see the good and the bad," said Catchings.

"The thing I respect so much about her is her humility. She's accomplished so much, yet she makes God a priority and she's a living example of what we need to be not just in church, but also outside of church," said Pastor Ramsey.

"Just to be able to celebrate a young person who has done it the right way, that's what I'm excited about and really put God first. It's not for show," said Alicia Ramsey.

Tamika also rolls up her sleeves to help with church community outreach. She's a regular at the Christmas food giveaway.

And then there's her deep friendship with the pastor's wife, Alicia Ramsey.

"Sister Ramsey has been my mentor since the beginning," said Catchings.

"I feel like I get emotional. I'm going to try not to start crying," said Sis. Ramsey.

It's clear, for Tamika, it's God first, family and close friends-- and then basketball.

"Yes, it's game day, but, we're going to go to church first. This is where I need to be. I need to give him praise and this afternoon I need to give him more praise just for everything he's blessed me with," said Catchings.

Even though Tamika is retiring from the game, she's still going to be here in Indy putting even more time into her work off the court.