Batouly Camara

Batouly Camara – A native of New York with family roots in Guinea, West Africa, is a proud BIPOC & Muslim humanitarian woman. Accomplishments include TedX and international speaker, published author, professional basketball player, Forbes Sports 30 Under 30 Honoree, 2020 ESPYs Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award Winner. Camara played at both the University of Kentucky and the University of Connecticut as a top recruit coming out of high school. While at UConn, she earned a Master’s degree in Sports Management. Batouly now leads founded Women and Kids Empowerment (W.A.K.E), a non-profit organization addressing girls’ empowerment and women’s sports, education, and social entrepreneurship. Camara & W.A.K.E. gave young girls opportunities and resources and created the first all-girls basketball academy in Guinea to provide girls with the resources needed to play basketball, including professional development training and scholarships. Camara is the head girls basketball coach at Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ) and is an upcoming Ph.D. Candidate at UMass Amherst’s Sport Inclusion program