02/25: cityCURRENT Memphis Signature Event – Coach Ken Carter

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Please join us for our cityCURRENT signature speaker series event on Friday, February 25, 2022, featuring Coach Ken Carter who will share lessons in selflessness, taking accountability, and the importance of working together as a team. Coach Carter was a successful businessman when he accepted the head basketball coach position at Richmond High School (Richmond, CA) in 1997. After his undefeated, state play-off bound team broke their academic contracts, Coach Carter took drastic measures and locked the team out of the gym and forced them to hit the books and stop counting on athletic potential as the only ticket out of a tough, inner-city life.

Hosted by Kroger, this will be an in-person event at The Great Hall & Conference Center from 7:30-9:45 a.m.

About Coach Ken Carter

When famed high school basketball coach Ken Carter literally locked his undefeated, state play-off bound team out of the gym and forced them to hit the books and stop counting on athletic potential as the only ticket out of a tough, inner-city life, he sent a powerful message. The film, Coach Carter, based on the lock-out and starring Samuel L. Jackson as the Coach, is just one more testimony to the strength of his convictions. At the podium, Coach Carter scores with hard-hitting advice about accountability, integrity, teamwork, and leadership to succeed both on and off the basketball court.

A successful businessman when he accepted the head basketball coach position at Richmond High School (Richmond, CA) in 1997, Ken Carter had a monumental task at hand. The students were failing academically at an alarming rate, and the athletic programs were in a pathetic state. Within two years, Ken Carter had virtually single-handedly turned around the school, physically cleaning up (trash, graffiti, drug dealers), and also mentally cleaning house as well. A contract which each player and his parents signed spelled out crucial rules of conduct: treat others with respect; shun drugs and alcohol; sit in the front of the class and participate; wear a suit and tie on game day, and maintain a minimum of a 2.3 GPA. And when not all of the players lived up to these obligations, the play-off bound, undefeated Richmond Oilers (13-0)–including Carter’s own son, Damien–were locked out of the gym and pulled from any basketball-related activities to learn how to ” rise as a team.” Academically solid players tutored weaker ones, and the whole team improved their GPAs. Most importantly, these inner-city students ultimately returned not just to the court, but to a new standard of winning, one which transcended the hoop dreams of high school, to college educations and futures they might never have imagined for themselves.

In addition to coaching SlamBall’s champion team, The Rumble, Ken Carter is owner/operator of Prime Time Publishing, Prime Time Sports, and is an author. He is also the founder and chairman of the Coach Ken Carter Foundation, a nonprofit organization that develops, promotes, and provides education, training, and mentoring programs for minority youths. In 2002, he was selected to carry the Olympic torch for the San Francisco Bay Area/Richmond California.

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