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KAYLA WARD

MEET KAYLA

When I was a kid, participating in sports was how I stayed active and made friends. My mom gave me my first basketball when I was 3 or 4 and would go out in the yard and shoot around with me on one of those little plastic goals for kids. I watched every NBA game I could on television, pretending I was in the game while tossing wadded up paper at the trash can in the corner. My basketball went with me everywhere; I even took it to bed at night like it was my security blanket. My love for the game grew every year from that point forward.

Because of my love for basketball, I’ve never been much of a gym person. Instead, I prefer the competition, connection, and community that comes from playing sports. The freedom to play pick-up games at local parks or be on a sports team should be activities that everyone can enjoy, and I wish I could say my identity as trans woman doesn’t intersect at all with my health and fitness journey. But I constantly worry about my safety if someone I meet at a pick-up game looks me up online and doesn’t like what they find. It saddens me that I have to think of these things first instead of just enjoying a workout or a game of basketball because of how other perceive me and my existence in the world. My experience is just one of many. Unfortunately, homophobia and transphobia remain prevalent in the world, especially in sports. In this year alone, lawmakers introduced over 70 bills across the US attempting to ban trans youth from those opportunities. 

For any younger members of the LGTBQ+ community reading this, the best advice I can give is to know that you are not alone! You are worthy. You are valid. Stay focused and NEVER feel shame for who are because you are beautiful. Please continue to push through the dark thoughts and loneliness because one day your life will be filled with so much joy and love. Believe in yourself because you are worthy of achieving all your dreams.

 

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C4 Energy

FROZEN BOMBSICLE

C4 SMART Energy

PEACH MANGO NECTAR

KAYLA'S MANTRA

"It's about creatingspace for everyone to feel they belong..."


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QUICK-FIRE Q&A

 

What’s your favorite food?
Italian food - pasta

Favorite sport to watch?
Basketball

Leg day or arm day?
Legs!

Cardio or weights?
Cardio

Morning person or night owl?
Neither…I prefer the middle of the day

Outdoor or indoor workout?
Outdoor

Traveler or homebody?
Traveler

 

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