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The Olympics bring a tremendous opportunity to watch people accomplish great feats, Read more...
The Olympics bring a tremendous opportunity to watch people accomplish great feats, in some instances defying all odds.  We have noticed a few special American athletes who will be competing with the best of the best for gold and who also have experienced hearing loss.
Professional basketball player Tamika Catchings was born with hearing loss in both ears as well as a speech impediment. This made school difficult for Catchings who has often spoken out about bullying and the difficult time she had making friends during school.
Catchings graduated from Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas in 1997. That same year she became the first to ever score a quintuple double in the history of basketball. A quintuple double is the amazing feat of scoring double-digit totals in all five statistical categories: blocked shots, rebounds, steals, assists, and points.
After graduating high school she moved on to play for the University of Tennessee. Though Catchings performed very well during her time there, she almost missed her shot at the big time when during her senior collegiate season, she tore her ACL. Despite her injury she was drafted to the Indiana Fever WNBA Team in 2001.
Catchings has never let her hearing or speech impediments slow her down. She is a published author, a three time Olympic gold medalist and the founder of Catch the Stars Foundation whose mission is to, “Empower youth to achieve their dreams by providing goal-setting programs that promote literacy, fitness and mentoring.”
“All that she’s doing off the court is just as important as what somebody’s doing points, rebounds and assists-wise.” Coach Geno Auriemma on Tamika Catchings’ contributions
After years of struggling to find her place in school, sports helped her find herself, which is why she founded the Catch the Stars Foundation, to help kids find that inner strength too.
"These kids get loved on by our instructors; they get nothing but positive words, which is something they might not be getting elsewhere in their lives," Catchings said. "They might not be getting it at home or at school, and I feel like we are giving them hope for their future."
Catchings, 37, is competing for her last time with team USA on the 2016 Women’s Olympic Basketball Team.
Written by Corinda Santos, Marketing Coordinator