Kara Lawson

Kara Marie Lawson (born February 14, 1981) is an American professional women's basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and a women's basketball television analyst for ESPN. Lawson primarily plays as a shooting guard. She won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Lawson signed a three-year contract with the Connecticut Sun prior to the 2010 WNBA season. Lawson attended Sidwell Friends School her freshman year, then went to West Springfield High School, where she played on the girls' basketball and soccer teams. Lawson was named a WBCA All-American. She participated in the 1999 WBCA High School All-America Game, where she scored twenty points, and earned MVP honors. Lawson attended the University of Tennessee (UT) and played for the Lady Vols basketball team, coached by Pat Summitt. She enrolled in UT's College of Business, and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Finance. Lawson received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as the best senior player under 5 ft 8 in (1.7 m).

Personal details

Date of birth
February 14th, 1981
United States of America
African American




1. University of Tennessee Colleges/University

The University of Tennessee (also referred to as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, UT Knoxville or UT) is a public land-grant university headquartered at Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1794, it is the flagship institution of the statewide University of Tennessee system with nine undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate colleges and hosts almost 28,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. In its 2012 ranking of universities, U.S. News & World Report ranked UT 101st among all national universities and 46th among public institutions of higher learning. Its ties to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, established under UT President Andrew Holt and continued under the UT-Battelle partnership, allow for considerable research opportunities for faculty and students.

Type Public university
2012. 666 mil. $
2009. 665 mil. $
Institution colors
800 Andy Holt Tower, 37996 - Knoxville, Tennessee
2013. 21,033
2010. 21,392
2009. 21,183
2013. 6,138
2010. 8,908
Acceptance rate
2013. 67.3 %
2010. 70.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 11.2 K $
2011. 8.4 K $
2010. 7.38 K $
2009. 6.85 K $
2008. 6.25 K $
Official web page www.utk.edu
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Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended University of Tennessee connected by profession and/or age

b. 1977., American Football Wide receiver
b. 1980., American Football Guard
b. 1984., Basketball Point guard
b. 1982., Golfer
b. 1986., American Football Player
b. 1982., Olympic athlete
b. 1986., Basketball Center
b. 1981., American Football Safety

2. West Springfield High School High school

West Springfield High School is a public high school located in Springfield in Fairfax County, Virginia, at 6100 Rolling Road, and is part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system. West Springfield (often referred to as WSHS) enrolls students from grades 9-12, offers the Advanced Placement program and currently enrolls over 2,200 students.

Type High school
6100 Rolling Road, Virginia
Official web page www.fcps.edu
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Notable alumni by gender

People attended West Springfield High School connected by profession and/or age

b. 1979., Baseball Pitcher
b. 1984., Soccer Midfielder
b. 1957., Astronaut
b. 1988., American Football Quarterback
b. 1987., American Football Tight end
b. 1990., American Football Quarterback

3. Sidwell Friends School Private school

Sidwell Friends School is a Quaker private school located in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington, D.C., offering pre-kindergarten through secondary school classes. Founded in 1883 by Thomas Sidwell, its motto is "Eluceat omnibus lux" (Let the light shine out from all), alluding to the Quaker concept of inner light. All Sidwell Friends students attend Quaker meeting for worship weekly.

Type Private school
3825 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 20016 - Washington, D.C., United States of America
Official web page www.sidwell.edu
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Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Sidwell Friends School connected by profession and/or age

b. 1977., Comedian
b. 1976., Actor
b. 1980., Basketball Shooting guard
b. 1980., Celebrity
b. 1894., Military Person
b. 1921., Politician
b. 1964., Historian
b. 1948., Public Servant

Olympic medals

2008 Summer Olympics Beijing

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from August 8 to 24, 2008. A total of 10,942 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees competed in 28 sports and 302 events. China became the 22nd nation to host the Olympic Games and the 18th to hold a Summer Olympic Games. It was the third time that the Summer Olympic Games were held in Asia, after Tokyo, Japan, in 1964 and Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. The equestrian events were held in Hong Kong, making it the third time the events of the same Olympics were held under the jurisdiction of two different NOCs, while sailing was contested in Qingdao, and football events took place in several different cities. Beijing was awarded the Games over four competitors on July 13, 2001, having won an absolute majority of votes from members of the International Olympic Committee after two rounds of voting. The Government of the People's Republic of China promoted the Games and invested heavily in new facilities and transportation systems.

Medal Event Date Location Other medalists
Basketball – Women's tournament August 9th, 2008

Teams played 1

Connecticut Sun Basketball

From To Position

The Connecticut Sun is a professional basketball team based in Uncasville, Connecticut, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded in Orlando, Florida before the 1999 season began; the team moved to Connecticut before the 2003 season. The Sun was the first WNBA franchise not to be owned by an NBA owner; the team is owned by the Mohegan Indian tribe. Capitalizing on the popularity of women's basketball in Connecticut as a result of the success of the UConn Huskies, the Sun had the distinction of being the only WNBA team not to share its market with an NBA team from 2003 until the Seattle Supersonics moved, leaving the Storm alone in Seattle, Washington. Currently, the Sun is the only WNBA franchise (besides the defunct Miami Sol) to finish each season with fewer than 20 losses. The Sun has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in six of its eight years in Connecticut. Notable players include the late 7 foot 2 inch Margo Dydek, Indiana native Katie Douglas, University of Connecticut standouts Asjha Jones and Nykesha Sales, 2010 Rookie of the Year Tina Charles and 2008 MVP runner-up point guard Lindsay Whalen.

General club info

Mohegan Sun
2003 -

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