Sept. 20, 2013
NEW YORK -- Former Tennessee standout Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever was named a co-recipient of the 2013 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced Friday. It marked the second straight year a Lady Vol alum won the award and the fourth time overall that a UT product has been chosen for the honor.
Catchings also finished second in WNBA Defensive Player of the Year balloting, just missing her sixth career honor in that category. Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky got the nod this time around.
In the Perrot award voting, Catchings shares distinction with co-winner Swin Cash of the Sky. They each received seven of 39 votes from a panel of national and local sportswriters and broadcasters.
Also the winner of the award in 2010, Catchings becomes the fourth player to be honored multiple times, joining another former Lady Vol standout in Kara Lawson (2012, 2009) as well as Dawn Staley (2006, 1999) and Suzie McConnell Serio (2000, 1998). Three players tied for second place in this year's voting, including Alana Beard (Los Angeles Sparks), Armintie Herrington (Atlanta Dream), and Candice Wiggins (Tulsa Shock), each receiving four votes.
Honored as the recipient of the July Community Assist Award presented by State Farm, Catchings is actively involved with a number of organizations on both a national and local level including her Catch the Stars Foundation. Through her foundation, she works to inspire others to give back to the community, promote literacy, fitness and mentoring, while empowering youth to achieve their dreams. The MVP of the 2012 WNBA Finals, Catchings serves as the league's ambassador for the "Dribble to Stop Diabetes" campaign.
"Tamika defines hard work, dedication, leadership and reliability," said Coach Lin Dunn. "We could not be more proud of what she has accomplished not just as a basketball player but as a person, role model and leader for fans all over the world."
The Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award is presented each season to honor a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court - ethical behavior, fair play and integrity - the award is named for the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships before passing away in August 1999, after a seven-month battle with cancer.
In honor of being named the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award co-winners, Cash and Catchings will each receive $5,000 and a specially-designed trophy from Tiffany & Co. An additional $5,000 will be designated to the charity of her choice.