As competitive athletes, we’re engrained with the notion of pushing ourselves to higher limits and looking to improve wherever we can. This is no different in becoming successful in other areas of our lives, and so constant searching for new information or education is fundamental in our individual improvement.
Five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Tamika Catchings, has had an enjoyable year after retiring in 2016. Catchings sets a great example of how to stay involved as an ambassador for the sport she loves while also taking time to pursue other passions. She’s taken on roles as the Director of Player Programs & Franchise Development with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, and as a member USA Basketball’s Women’s Developmental National Team Committee.
The most unexpected role Catchings now has, though, is owner of an Indianapolis tea shop, Tea’s Me Café. She bought the shop as an avid customer and tea-lover after learning it had plans to close with the mindset of “Why wouldn’t you be able to do it?” And, surprisingly, playing and leading in basketball has proven to have a lot of similarities to running a tea shop, like getting different people to work together towards a single goal. The tea shop has provided an exciting new challenge that’s given Catchings something to apply her basketball skills to while also learning new ones.
What’s the lesson here? In retirement it’s fully possible to find the right balance for you between continuing to be involved in the sport while continuing to grow and working towards new goals involving other interests and passions.
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