We invited Kayla Alexander as our special guest to speak virtually to our students at the Black History Month Assembly. 

Kayla Alexander is a true multi-hyphenate basketball player, Olympian, author, business owner, and global citizen advocating for gender equity in sports. She is a proud Canadian having represented the women’s national basketball teams since 2008, competing on the world stage across four continents. In 2018, Kayla was named to the Senior National Team and helped Team Canada to go 3-0 at the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers, earning a berth to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

Kayla has played in the WNBA for eight seasons, including with the Minnesota Lynx in 2020, during to global racial reckoning with the murder of George Floyd. She continues to play overseas. 

Off the court, Kayla is the author and illustrator of a children’s book “The Magic of Basketball”, to inspire the next generation of kids to continue to dream big. Kayla has also recently launched a new business venture with her sister, Kesia and childhood friend Nicole Murphy, entering the fashion world with (@tallsize) Tall Size, an online clothing marketplace for Tall Women. 

A staunch advocate for gender equality, Kayla is also a dedicated Right To Play Ambassador since 2020, working in partnership to empower girls in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She was the face of Right To Play’s Rally For Girls Education Campaign in 2021, and had the chance to travel to Senegal to launch a girls basketball sport for development program with Right To Play, Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri and Prime Minister Trudeau. 

Here at home, Kayla mentors young girls with the National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program. 

Thank you Kayla for joining us and to inspire our children.