Tamika Catchings excited for eighth appearance

I'm so excited about how well my team has played over the past month. We've won seven out of our last 10 games and everyone is embracing their roles and playing their hearts out. I love it!

The month of June flew by and it's hard to believe we are midway through the WNBA season and just days away from the All-Star Game being hosted in San Antonio on Saturday.

I recently found out that I am the top vote-getter and will be joined by my Indiana Fever teammate Katie Douglas as starters for the East. What an honor! I want to thank all of the fantastic and amazing women's basketball fans out there for voting for me. I truly appreciate this opportunity to go out and represent the East.

I've always tried to make it a point to give 110 percent every time I step on the court. As we've seen from some of the injuries early on this season, nothing is guaranteed. I thank God every day for my health and for giving me the opportunity to make a career doing what I love most: playing basketball. And the bigger blessing is being able to use the platform to encourage and uplift others.

Last week I spent time with 75 local Indianapolis youth during our annual Catch the Stars Fitness clinic, and we have several upcoming programs and events as well. These include our sixth annual Back to School Celebration on Saturday, July 30, and our Exclusive Catchin24.Com Fundraiser Night on Sunday, July 31, following the game against the Sparks.

More than 250 students will receive school-supply filled backpacks and be treated to food and plenty of entertainment during our Back to School Celebration. During our Exclusive Fundraiser Night, fans have an opportunity to hang out on the Fever practice court for a private postgame party and can bid on silent auction items, win cool prizes and hang out with Fever and Sparks players.

I'm looking forward to these great events, but first, I'll be heading to Texas for my eighth WNBA All-Star appearance (Catchings is a seven-time WNBA All-Star, but will be appearing in her eighth All-Star Game, having missed the 2006 game due to injury, and having participated in the 2004 and 2010 games as a member of Team USA). This is the first time it's in my home state, so I'm excited that my family and friends will be driving in from the Duncanville area.

It's crazy to think that this will be my eighth All-Star appearance. Looking back over the years, my favorite thing about the game is playing with athletes that I may never get the chance to play with otherwise. The WNBA is loaded with talented, powerful players that we battle against all season long, so it's fun to play with players I have to defend. I love it! Plus, I enjoy the friendships made and hearing about the inner workings of other teams and organizations.

Be sure to tune in to watch the All-Star Game Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

Thanks for your continued support! Best wishes and God bless!

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