A for Athlete


  • woman water polo player
  • KK Clark grew up in Atherton, CA, where she attended Sacred Heart Prep and played water polo.
  • Went to UCLA, where she earned First-Team All-NCAA honors and scored 169 goals in four years.
  • In 2013 she scored five goals to help Team USA earn a bronze medal at the FINA World League Super Final.


From lifelong friendships to powerful life lessons to everlasting memories of thrilling victories, there are many reasons for your kids to play sports.

As a parent, you can encourage your kids to participate in, or at least try, youth sports. With so many other factors and activities pulling them in different directions, it’s important to properly frame and discuss the many rewards of playing sports.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ interview[]

1. What is the biggest life lesson you believe you learned through sports?

I believe that the biggest life lesson you can learn in sports is that hard work, dedication and persistence can allow you to reach your potential and achieve your dreams!

2. What other life lessons do you think are essential for kids to learn from sports?

I think one life lesson that is especially important for the younger generation to learn from sports is the importance of teamwork no matter everyone's unique differences. Another lesson is the importance of health and fitness. To be able to play a sport like water polo, you have to be fit and if you can build those habits young, then you are in a good position to lead a healthy life! Lastly, I think it's crucial to be able to find the joy in everything you do. Remembering that we play the game because we love it allows us to have more fun doing it. And it's always fun to see hard work pay off!

3. What kinds of discussions did you and your parents have about life lessons in sports?

My parents have always been my support system. During lows, my parents have helped me gain perspective and encouraged me to grow and turn a negative into a positive. During highs, they've kept me grounded and again, encouraged me to find perspective. They always express their pride in me, no matter what the outcome is. I believe their hands off approach has allowed me to grow independently and gain confidence in my personal journey as an athlete and person.

4. Who was the greatest influence on your life from your sports career? What was their influence in and out of the water?

Every coach I have played for has influenced me greatly. I have been fortunate enough to play for some amazing coaches and each has a unique approach to coaching the game. I think just respecting each of them and observing their values has allowed me to learn a great deal about the sport and life.

5. Why should kids today participate in water polo?

Kids should participate in water polo because it builds confident and TOUGH individuals while also providing an avenue to meet life-long mentors and friends!

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