Lakeia Stokes



Lakeia Stokes is from Covington, Georgia and graduated from Newton High School where she still holds the scoring record in basketball. She received a 4-year athletic scholarship to the University of Clemson where she became the first player in the school’s history to lead the team in scoring, rebounding, steals, and assists in a single season.


Lakeia later joined the United States Army where she served as a Human Resource Specialist. After serving only four years, Lakeia was medically retired after being injured by a suicide bomber while deployed in Bagram, Afghanistan.  Lakeia was pinned the Purple Heart award by President Barack Obama while recovering from her injuries. 

Lakeia shares her story with a variety of audiences of her way of triumphing over tragedy and remaining resilient to help inspire others around the world.

Lakeia is the Founder of Stokes Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation where she gives back to her community by supporting the local youth.


Lakeia StokesTestimonials

CPT Lynsey Cross

Lakeia Stokes was our opening speaker during the 59th Training Group’s Return to Readiness Training Day on 20 June 2019. There were 80 Active Duty Air Force Medical Service members in attendance. The training day involved CBRN and Combat Casualty Care response.

In the midst of technical difficulties and a site unseen, Stokes maintained her calm and quiet presence, immediately gaining the audience’s complete attention as she took the stage. Her story was that of surprise, tragedy, and sheer resilience. We are grateful to have heard her story and it emphasized the importance of why we were there.