BABSON PARK, Mass.—Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson will visit Babson College on Monday night and speak to the community in the state-of-the-art Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC) at 7:30 p.m.
Pamela P. and Brian M. Barefoot Senior Director of Athletics and Athletics Advancement Mike Lynch will kick off the event with a welcoming message, while men's basketball junior Ju'Quan Mills (Boston, Mass.) will introduce Lawson.
"We look forward, with great interest, to welcoming Kara to campus," said Lynch. "I appreciate (head men's basketball coach) Stephen Brennan and our SAAC involvement in making this visit a reality. Her story is so compelling, her energy is infectious, and her path is so unique. Our student-athletes and coaches are sure to take away information that will inspire their own path to greatness."
A former WNBA and Olympic champion, Lawson is one of a handful of female coaches with an NBA franchise. She joined the Celtics prior to the 2019-20 season after spending the last two years as the primary television analyst for the Washington Wizards. She also called games for ESPN Radio and served as an ESPN game and studio analyst for college basketball and the NBA. In 2017, Lawson became the first female analyst for a nationally televised NBA game.
Over 13 WNBA seasons, Lawson played with the Sacramento Monarchs, the Connecticut Sun and the Washington Mystics, averaging nearly 10 points in 377 games. She comes to Babson with a winning pedigree, including a championship with the Monarchs in 2005 and a gold medal with Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Lawson played for legendary head coach Pat Summit at the University of Tennessee, earning all-conference honors in each of her four seasons while making three NCAA Final Four appearances.
Lawson's arrival will mark the fourth in the department's current speaker series, including visits from Babson President Stephen Spinelli, Jr., MBA'92, PhD, former Boston University men's ice hockey player and motivational speaker Travis Roy, and former WNBA player Michelle Brooke-Marciniak.