In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview KK told us that she believes the biggest life lesson taught by sports is that hard work and persistence truly can pay off in the end.
"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," said KK.
Men's water polo
The United States senior national team opens play at the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Tuesday against South Africa.
The Americans are in a group that also contains Montenegro and Serbia, which won the FINA World League title in June.
Australia, Croatia, Hungary and host Kazakhstan made up the other group for preliminary play at the FINA World Cup, held every four years.
Croatia, the 2012 Olympic champions, and reigning World champions Hungary make this version one of the deepest in the history of the event, which dates to 1979.
The U.S. has won the event twice, most recently in 1997.
Stanford seniors Alex Bowen and Connor Cleary, and junior Bret Bonanni will be competing with the U.S.