A native of Arlington, Texas, Kiera Phipps was as a teen, active in a variety of sports including, volleyball, basketball, and track and field. At age 12, she participated in the U.S.A. Track and Field Junior Olympics where she placed 11th in the high jump. Continuing to excel in sports while playing point guard for Kennedale High School, she led the basketball team to the state playoffs and received numerous district and state accolades including Most Valuable Player. After receiving an athletic scholarship to Kilgore College, Kiera discovered her love for writing and worked as a staff reporter for the college newspaper, The Flare.
While juggling the life of a student- athlete, it didn’t take long before she moved her way to the sports co-editor position on The Flare staff. Her writing stood out and as a result she received awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. After receiving her associate degree in Journalism Kiera had a desire to continue her education, she then accepted a basketball scholarship to play at Bowie State University in Maryland. At Bowie her athleticism was hard to overlook and she was afforded an opportunity to also play for the Bowie State softball team. Kiera went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Emerging Media in 2015.
Although her college athletic career came to an end Kiera continued to be passionate about a healthy active lifestyle. She founded an organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of fitness while motivating others to reach their full potential. In the midst of fulfilling her dream Kiera was diagnosed with epilepsy.
Her diagnosis has meant a lifestyle adjustment but has only made her more determined than ever to be the change she wants to see in the world. She now hopes to accomplish her goals but continuing to motivate others and raise awareness and education about the Epilepsy Foundation.