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Encyclopedia > Ken Carter

Ken Carter is an American business owner, education activist and former high school basketball coach. Carter attended college at San Francisco State, then Contra Costa College, and finally George Fox University, where he played basketball.[1] High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... San Francisco State University is a branch of the California State University system. ... Contra Costa College, in San Pablo, California, is the west campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Carter gained notoriety in 1999 when coaching the Richmond High School Oilers . He cancelled all of his undefeated basketball team's games and practices for several days because fifteen team members had unacceptably poor academic performance. This event was known as "the lockout", and his actions were criticized by the school, players' parents, the community, and media commentators. Carter maintained that his athletes must take their studies seriously as good academic performance would give them access to college and other opportunities in life. Public opinion eventually changed, and he was praised for his determined emphasis on encouraging proper life priorities for his team. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Richmond High School is a public high school located in Richmond, California, USA. It is part of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ...

The story of the 1999 season is in the 2005 film Coach Carter, with Carter played by Samuel L. Jackson. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Coach Carter is a 2005 film, directed by Thomas Carter. ... Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ...

Carter continues to coach sports teams, except basketball. Currently, he is the coach of the Slamball team 'Rumble'. He led Rumble to their first-ever Slamball Cup victory in 2001/2002. Slamball is a physically demanding four player made-for-TV team sport loosely based on basketball. ...

Carter has said that the greatest moment in his life was when he carried the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.[citation needed] He has a son named Damien (who played for his father at Richmond, and was portrayed by Robert Ri'chard in the movie) and currently resides in Northern California. The olympic flame at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics The Olympic Flame or Olympic Fire is a symbol of the Olympic Games. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... An athlete carries the Olympic torch The Winter Olympic Games or the Olympic Winter Games, are a winter multi-sport event held every four years. ... Robert Richard (born January 7, 1983, in Los Angeles, California) is an American television and movie actor. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...

Carter recently visited the east/north Preston community in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Canada. During his stay, he played basketball with the kids that came out to see him.

External links

  • Coachcarter.com

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About the Coach - Bio (408 words)
Carter not only closed the Richmond High School gym, but he banned all basketball-related activities and was prepared to cancel the entire season program, because 15 of the 45 players were not living up to the classroom achievements they agreed to meet in contracts they signed earlier in the semester.
Using only a kick scooter, Carter traveled for 3 days to Sacramento hoping to draw awareness to the deteriorating state of our schools and the need for students, parents, teachers, and school board officials to commit to making a difference.
Carter feels that exchanges such as these are needed to promote a more just and peaceful place for us all to live in.
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