This weeks blog is written Cyprus Fellow Sean Wright about a visit from retired WNBA star, Tamika Catchings.
This past week, PeacePlayers International – Cyprus was fortunate to have retired WNBA star, Tamika Catchings, visit for a few days. All this was possible because one of our participants, Eleni Partakki, submitted a drawing for a watch design contest on what peace meant to her. The contest was sponsored by one of our biggest donors, Laureus, a sport for good foundation that partners with organizations similar to PPI to use sports as a tool to make the world a better place. Laureus partnered with the International Watch Company, IWC to create the winner’s design into a watch, and out of all the wonderful entries, our Eleni won!
I can’t begin to tell you how inspirational Tamika Catchings is. For starters, she is one of the greatest WNBA players to ever play the game, so it was wonderful having her here to share stories from her career. Our participants have dreams just like Tamika did when she was a child. They may not all be the same, but the overall message she shared of hard work and surrounding yourself with people who can help you get there hopefully resonated with our participants. That’s what we try to do at PPI-CY: we want to be as helpful as possible to our participants as they figure out what they want to do in life and provide the tools for them to succeed. Whether that is extra practice on the court, leadership training, communication skills or any other valuable skill, we are here to help the next generation become successful.
After Tamika’s and US Ambassador Kathleen Doherty’s speeches, our kids got to experience something that not many in the world ever do. They got to play basketball with with Tamika, a living legend in the basketball community, four-time gold medalist, countless All-Star, top 15 WNBA player all-time, with many more awards to her name. Getting to be on the same court, catching a pass from her, giving her a high five are all moments in our kids lives that they will never forget.
I’m even sure US Ambassador Doherty won’t forget, as Tamika persuaded her to get on the court where she eventually scored a basket! The smart lady she is, she walked right off the court after that basket because it couldn’t get better than that.
Thank you to Laureus, IWC, US Ambassador Kathleen Doherty and Tamika Catchings for making this an event our kids at PPI-CY will never forget!!!