Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers fires up the crowd during the second half of Game Two of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2019 NBA Playoffs Moda Center on April 16, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 114-94. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Damian Lillard will go down in history as one of the best guards ever. The Portland Trail Blazers have signed Lillard to a long-term contract, making him one of the league’s highest-paid players. The money is going to set his family up for generations, but he hopes the team can flourish around him. Lillard is married to his longtime girlfriend, Kay’la Hanson. She has been with him since before he began his spectacular NBA career. If you haven’t heard of Damian Lillard’s wife yet, our Kay’la Hanson wiki will fix that right away.

About Kay’la Hanson
Age32 Years
BirthNovember 8, 1991 Las Vegas, Nevada
SpouseDamian Lillard (2021-Present)
ChildrenDamian Lillard Jr. (born May 29, 2018), Kali Emma Lee Lillard (born January 21, 2021), Kalii Laheem Lillard (born January 21, 2021)
JobNurse / Entrpreneur
AlumniWeber State University
HoemtownLas Vegas, Nevada

Kay’la Hanson’s Ethnicity

Kay’la Hanson was born on November 8, 1991 and hails from Las Vegas, Nevada. She has a mixed heritage of African-American and Puerto Rican descent.

She appears to get her Puerto Rican heritage from her mother. On Instagram, Hanson has proudly identified as a Boricua, derived from Puerto Rico’s Taíno heritage.

Her grandparents, whom she adored, appear to have been African-American. Mamalee, as Hanson fondly addressed her grandmother, passed away in 2016 and her grandfather passed away years before.


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Kay’la Hanson’s Education and Career

After graduating from Legacy High School in Vegas, Hanson pursued her dreams of working in the medical field. She is currently pursuing her doctorate of nurse practitioner program at the University of Portland.

She is a graduate of Capella University. She developed a passion for service and entrepreneurship over her six years of working in healthcare leadership.

According to her Instagram, she operates a salon “Dipped,” in Lake Oswego, Oregon. It was recently highlighted by neighborhood news station KOIN as a top Mother’s Day gift suggestion. Since its launch in 2019, DIPPED has provided a variety of cosmetic services, including manicures, pedicures, and services for enhancing the nails. Her Instagram page showcases different types of styles that are available.

Her latest venture, which was launched in 2021, is Kasics. Hanson came up with the idea for KASICS while taking care of her fiance, son, and twins.

Kay’la Hanson and Damian Lillard’s Relationship

California native Damian Lillard’s high school career wasn’t attracting many top college recruiters, so he ended up accepting a scholarship to Weber State in the Big Sky Conference. There, he met the pre-med student from Vegas, Kay’la Hanson. They have been together since college at Weber State.

Though his high school career didn’t make him a top recruit, he racked up impressive stats in college to become a top point guard prospect. The Portland Trail Blazers chose him with the sixth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Hanson was with Lillard and his family celebrating his NBA selection and has been supporting him throughout his career. She even moved to Portland to be with him.

Lillard proposed to Hanson at a private party in Chicago attended by family and friends in February 2020. They got married on September 4, 2021 in a ceremony that included many current and former teammates. It was a wedding with multiple concerts featuring Johnny Gill, Snoop, Common, RL and Tevin Campbell.

Kay’La Hanson and Damian Lillard’s Kids

Their first child, Damian Jr. was born on March 29, 2018. On the same day, Lillard found out that his half-brother Jahrell had been shot multiple times.

When Damian was informed that his girlfriend was about to give birth, he flew back to Portland via private jet from New Orleans after the Blazers-Pelicans match. After 20 hours of labor, their son was born on the morning of March 29.

Later that evening, the point guard learned that Jahrell had been shot in an incident at Clackamas Town Center in Oregon. He arrived in Portland from California to visit his brother when the incident happened. Jahrell was transported to a hospital and was in stable condition.

“That was one of the highest moments of my life, holding my son and having that experience. Then having to deal with a tragedy in the middle of it is unfortunate. But Jahrell is doing fine. Things could be a lot worse,” Damien said. There was no apparent connection between Jahrell and his attackers, who reportedly mistook the younger Lillard for a rival gang member. The attackers were sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for attempted murder.

Lillard again became a dad on January 21, 2021, when Hanson gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. The girl is named Kali Emma Lee Lillard and the boy’s name is Kalii Laheem Lillard.

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Lillard mourned the deaths of six family members between 2020 and 2021. With all of these unfortunate events, Lillard’s mental health worsened, but his wife and children helped him get through it.