Thursday, April 23, 2020
Marian University Arena and Convocation Center
|5:30 p.m. ||Reception |
|7 p.m. ||Program and dinner|
2020 Clayton Family Circle of Honor Inductee
Tamika Catchings, Indiana’s “do-everything” forward, completed 16 seasons in the WNBA, stepping away from her future hall-of-fame career following the 2016 season. Catchings was the WNBA’s only player ever to spend an entire career of 16 or more seasons with the same franchise.
Since her playing retirement, she serves as general manager for the Indiana Fever. She operates the cozy Tea’s Me Café on the north side of downtown Indianapolis and continues her service as an ambassador with the NBA and WNBA. She serves on a developmental committee with USA Basketball and as an SEC ESPN women’s basketball analyst. Her naming as recipient of the very first ESPN Humanitarian Award in 2015 and a 14-year run of community service by her Catch The Stars Foundation are testament to her work off the court.
In March 2016, Catchings released an autobiographical story, Catch A Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion sharing her story of overcoming hearing loss, separation from family, high expectations and the pain of debilitating physical injuries. She reached for the stars with hard work, perseverance and her faith in God.
On the court, Catchings’ legacy is cemented as one of the greatest women ever to play the game. She retired as the league’s number two scorer and rebounder of all-time, and is career leader in free throws and steals. In postseason play, nobody appeared in as many WNBA playoff games as Catchings or started as many. She retired as the WNBA postseason leader in points, rebounds, free throws, steals, double-doubles, and minutes played.
2019 Clayton Family Circle of Honor Inductee
The Indianapolis Indians are a professional Triple-A baseball club affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In continuous operation since 1902, the organization believes in creating affordable and memorable experiences for fans so they can grow closer together with family, friends and the community through the game of baseball. The team has led Minor League Baseball in combined total attendance over the past 10 seasons. In 2018, the organization was recognized as Ballpark Digest Team of the Year.
The Indianapolis Indians Charities collaborate with local organization to support youth development, family success, education and neighborhood development. They collaborate with Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Teachers' Treasures, the YMCA and many more to offer programs that help promote personal growth, build stronger family bonds, and encourage community engagement.
Past President and current Chairman Emeritus, Max Schumacher, and his wife, Judith, have been supporters of Marian University for many years. In fact, Judith was an education professor at Marian University.
Accepting the award on behalf of the Indianapolis Indians is Cal Burleson, who recently finished his 45th year with the Tribe as senior vice president of community affairs. Under Burleson’s leadership, the organization received back-to-back recognition as a Best Places to Work in Indiana by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He was also honored for his outstanding management efforts when the Indians were named the 2013 Triple-A recipients of the Bob Freitas Award, presented to the organization with the best overall operations at each level of Minor League Baseball. He founded the Indians’ RightFit after-school program for local Catholic elementary school students to help build positive relationships with public safety personnel and fight childhood obesity through education and physical activity.
Participating in the question and answer portion is Randy Lewandowski, Indianapolis Indians president and general manager. Lewandowski has been with the Indians for 27 years; he was named general manager in October 2014 and president in November 2016. In 2016 Lewandowski was named the International League’s Executive of the Year, marking the third Executive of the Year award for the Indians’ front office staff since joining the IL in 1998. Since he became general manager, the Indianapolis Indians have continued to break attendance records and in 2019 the club welcomed Victory Field's 14 millionth fan.