Alyssa Kaiswatum

 

Alyssa Kaiswatum is a 24 year old Cree woman from the Piapot First Nation, Saskatchewan, Canada.  Alyssa received a scholarship to education on a Softball Scholarship in Minneapolis Minnesota in 2012.  She is majoring in Kinesiology and is completing her second year with her educational goal to become a Physical Therapist.  Although it is not Alyssa’s first time playing college ball at the university level, she also played for the University of Regina, while a student at the First Nations University of Canada. To play college ball in the USA is a major step up in the game.  Alyssa comes from a family who was always involved in sport and was the first to introduce Alyssa to fastball. She excelled at the sport immediately, and chose the positions of a pitcher and third-base.  

 

Alyssa’s skills as a pitcher and player have given her the opportunity to travel the world and play and do something she loves as it has given her the opportunity to take her game to New Zealand, California, Florida, and throughout Canada.  One of her many highlights to date is playing a season of softball in Auckland, New Zealand.  She has participated and medaled in all softball sporting events through-out her life, such as: Saskatchewan Indian Summer Games, North American Indigenous Games and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Games.  Her proudest moment of her softball career was the opportunity to play among New Zealand National Softball (past/present)players.  

 

Alyssa credits her family and hard work for her success to this day. She acknowledges her combined thirteen Mushom’s and Kokum’s for their continued support and home nation.  She also chooses to live a drug and alcohol free lifestyle.  Alyssa is a role model in her community  and she takes time to go and instruct young players on the proper mechanics of pitching and playing. She is proud to impact by coaching the young ladies Bantam team of Piapot First Nation.  She is very grateful for each and every opportunity she has been given and credits her mother and family for her success.  Her ultimate goal is to one day step on the field for Team Canada.  She chooses to live by her Mushom’s words that was passed down to her “Go against the grain, while everyone is going once direction, you’re going the other, go against the grain”.

 

- Alyssa Kaiswatum

 

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