Speaking Engagements Profile
Kayla Alexander is passionate about her faith, basketball, education, and art and it's evident in the way she lights up whenever she shares her experiences during her speaking engagements. She has spoken at numerous basketball camps and clinics, multiple elementary schools and high schools, on college campuses, on panels and at post game events.
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Kayla was born into a Christian household, however, when she started playing basketball, that became her life. It wasn't until college that Kayla started to rediscover her faith through FCA. When Kayla speaks of her faith, one topic she constantly speaks on is identity. During college she struggled with her identity, mistakenly placing it in her sport, basketball. The problem with that was that it took her on an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows where she thought her value was based on her performance. When she learned that her identity was in Christ and not basketball, that was when she truly began to understand that her value was found inside of her, through her saviour Jesus Christ. Kayla is transparent when it comes to her faith sharing both her triumphs and the trials her faith has helped her through!
Kayla enjoys sharing her journey in basketball; from her humble beginnings in the seventh grade playing for the Barrie Royals, her experiences playing for the Canadian Junior National team, her college recruiting process and time playing at Syracuse University, and her journey playing professionally both in the WNBA and overseas. Whenever Kayla speaks of her basketball experiences, she always stresses the hard work and sacrifice it took for her to get where she is today. She speaks of her struggles and failures, and the life skills and life lessons basketball has taught her over the years that made her a better player and, more importantly, a better person. Kayla is a big believer in dreaming big and then working towards those dreams, and its evident whenever she speaks of her journey with basketball.
Kayla enjoys the learning process, as well as teaching others, which is why she completed a degree in Education at Syracuse University. She understands the importance of receiving an education and the life skills you gain in the process. She stresses, especially to young aspiring future student athletes, that academics and sports go hand in hand! She is transparent about her journey, sharing with students that a University actually stopped recruiting her due to her poor math and chemistry grades. Learning from that experience, Kayla realized that it's OK to ask for help when you're struggling. She also learned that if she wanted to play sports at the next level, her academics would have to be top notch.