Kara Lawson Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Feb 29, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Jun 27, 2022
Edited by Aubree Mosby
Fact-checked by Vikhaash Sundararaj
Kara Lawson currently plays on a WNBA team and has also represented her country at the Olympics in Beijing.
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About Kara Lawson

Kara Lawson is a former professional basketball player who has played on WNBA teams for the United States of America.

Kara also works as an ESPN basketball analyst for the Washington Wizards. The Duke Blue Devils' women's basketball team is led by Kara Marie Lawson as the head coach.

Lawson was mostly a shooting guard for the Washington Mystics and the Sacramento Monarchs. She is a 2008 Olympics gold medalist, which was held in Beijing, China. She also won the WNBA Finals with the Sacramento Monarchs in 2005 and led the U.S. women's national 3x3 team to gold in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Lawson was nominated to the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Kara Lawson Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What is Kara Lawson’s net worth?

The net worth of Kara Lawson is estimated to be around $1-3 million. Kara Lawson is one of the wealthiest basketball players thanks to her widespread popularity.

How much does Kara Lawson earn per year?

The annual salary of Kara Lawson is around $100,000.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall is Kara Lawson?

Kara Lawson is 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) tall.

How old is Kara Lawson?

Kara Lawson was born on February 14, 1981. As of 2022, she is 41 years old.

Childhood And Education

Kara Marie Lawson was born in Alexandria, Virginia to Kathleen Lawson and William Lawson. Her sister's name is Susan Lawson.

During her freshman year, Lawson went to Sidwell Friends School. She then attended West Springfield High School where she was a part of the girls' basketball and soccer teams. Kara went on to play basketball for the Lady Vols at the University of Tennessee (UT). Following graduation, she went on to UT's College of Business and earned a Bachelor's degree in finance in 2003.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Kara Lawson’s partner?

Kara Lawson has been happily married to Damien Barling since 2008.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

At the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China, Kara Lawson was picked to compete for the United States' national team. After an easy victory in the opening game, the USA team played against Canada and lost a tough game, 68–67. Team USA won their game against Japan and two other games to earn a rematch against China, the host team. The scores of China were consistent with the USA, but team USA came out on top, winning the gold medal with a score of 87–67. With 12.0 points per game, Lawson was the team's third top scorer, and she also led the squad in assists and thefts, with 16 assists and 12 steals throughout the course of the tournament.

The Detroit Shock selected Kara Lawson as their fifth overall choice in the first round of the 2003 WNBA draught on April 24, 2003. The Shock then traded the basketball player to the Sacramento Monarchs five days later. Lawson would be a major player on the Monarchs' 2005 championship team two years later. When the Monarchs dissolved before the 2010 WNBA season, Lawson became a free agent but eventually entered into a three-year contract with the Connecticut Sun. Lawson was traded to the Washington Mystics on March 12, 2014, in exchange for Alex Bentley, who was acquired through the Atlanta Dream.

This gold medal basketball player began her broadcasting career while still being a part of the WNBA. She started her career as a studio broadcaster for the Sacramento Kings before switching to ESPN where she worked several WNBA and NBA broadcasting roles. She became the first woman to work as a statewide TV commentator for an NBA game on January 12, 2007. In the fall of 2009, Kara Lawson attended a training camp for the USA Basketball Women's National Team.

After nine seasons, in 2015, the basketball player retired from the WNBA to pursue her career as a studio analyst. She began her mentoring career in 2019 as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics of the NBA.

Lawson was appointed the lead television game commentator for the Washington Wizards in 2017, taking over for Phil Chenier, a long-time analyst, including full-time hosting responsibilities. She accompanies the Brooklyn Nets' Sarah Kustok as one of the league's first major female TV analysts for the NBA team. In 2021, Lawson provided commentary for women's basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Charity Work

The Connecticut Sun announced that their guard and former Tennessee star, Kara Lawson, would donate $50 to the Pat Summitt Foundation for every three-pointer she hit during the WNBA season. The Connecticut Sun Foundation matched Lawson's gifts dollar for dollar, in addition to her own generosity. The former basketball player made three three-pointers in the first two games, totaling $300 for the organization.

What awards has Kara Lawson won?

Kara Lawson earned the Frances Pomeroy Naismith award while studying at the University of Tennessee. She earned it as the best senior player in the height category of 5 ft 8 in (1.7 m) from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. In 2009 and 2012, she earned the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award for ethics and honesty. Lawson was chosen to the U.S. women's national basketball team on July 10, 2008. She competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. She scored 15 points in the gold medal game against Australia.

Kara Lawson’s Hobbies And Interests

Outside of basketball, the former basketball player likes to read books and watch sports on TV. She is also an excellent piano player.

Other Interesting Kara Lawson Facts And Trivia

  • In 2005, she led the Monarchs to a WNBA championship.
  • Pat Summitt, the famed women's basketball coach of the University of Tennessee, was her coach.
  • Her accomplishment in the 1999 WBCA High School All-America Game, in which this basketball player scored twenty points, earned her MVP honors during her freshman year.
  • Damien Barling, her spouse, works at KHTK, a Sacramento radio station. He interviewed Lawson on his show after her official position as a color analyst.
  • Kara Lawson's zodiac sign is an Aquarius.
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Kara Lawson Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Kara Marie Lawson

Date of Birth




Place of Birth




175 cm

Eye Color

Dark Brown


Former Basketball Player


University of Tennessee

Net Worth



Damien Barling


William Lawson, Kathleen Lawson


Susan Lawson

Annual Earnings

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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