Ken Carter

Ken Carter, coach, educator, author and the inspiration for the movie, Coach Carter, to be released by Paramount Pictures this fall, will speak at Roanoke College on "Motivating Student Athletes" Thursday, November 11 at 7 p.m. in the Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom. From the podium, Carter gives hard-hitting advice about accountability, integrity, teamwork and leadership to succeed both on and off the basketball court. Complimentary tickets are required and are available by calling the Colket Center Information Desk at (540) 378-5125.

Carter's visit to the Roanoke College campus is funded by a $10,000 NCAA Division III Initiative Grant in the area of diversity. In addition to the lecture by Carter, a workshop, "Scoring Points On and Off the Court," will be held at 3:30 p.m. on November 11. The workshop is for area middle school and high school coaches, teachers and guidance counselors or anyone interested in motivating student athletes. There also will be a panel of college officials discussing NCAA rules and regulations. Reservations are required and must be made by November 1 by calling (540) 375-2099.

When the famed Richmond (Calif.) High School head basketball coach 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 and made the national news. His move drew praise and criticism from parents and school officials. The coach's decision appeared to penalize even good students like his son Damien, 16, a point guard with a 3.7 grade point average. But Carter, who addresses his students as "sir" and expects the same, demands both extra effort and team solidarity. "We rise as a team, and we fall as a team," he says. The upcoming 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.

He has received numerous teaching and citizenship awards. In addition to coaching, he is owner/operator of Prime Time Publications and Prime Time Sports.