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Get tickets now for Coach Carter lecture

October 23, 2014

Tickets are going quickly for the appearance of Coach Ken Carter as the 2014 Bonner & Bonner Diversity Lecturer at Emporia State University next week.

Carter’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Albert Taylor Hall on the Emporia State campus. Although the event is free, all seats are reserved and require a ticket.

Carter was a former basketball player and successful businessman when he became head coach of the Richmond (California) Oilers high school basketball team in 1997. He expected of his players hard work and discipline both in the classroom and on the court.

The team jumped to success with an undefeated 13-0 mark when Carter discovered his players weren’t upholding their end of the academic contracts they signed. His solution? Lock the gym doors, cancel practices, forfeit games and head to the library to study.

What happened to that team is familiar to anyone who has seen the 2005 movie “Coach Carter” starring Samuel L. Jackson in the title role.

Besides coaching SlamBall’s champion team, The Rumble, Carter is an author and owner and operator of Prime Time Publishing and Prime Time sports. He founded and is chairman of the Coach Ken Carter Foundation, a nonprofit organization that develops, promotes and provides education, training and mentoring programs for minority youths.

Following the lecture, Carter will sign copies of his book, “Yes Ma’am, No Sir: The 12 Essential Steps for Success in Life” (Hatchette Book Group, $24.00 hardcover). The book is available for pre-purchase at the Memorial Union Bookstore or can be purchased at the event.

While at Emporia State, Carter also will meet with students and be a guest speaker in an academic class.

The Bonner and Bonner Diversity Lecture Series was established in 1992 by Drs. Thomas and Mary Bonner, ESU’s first and second African American faculty members. The series provides a valuable window to diversity, promoting tolerance and understanding on campus, in the community and throughout the state.

Tickets are available in advance at Union Services in the Memorial Union between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (620) 341-6378 or (877) 341-6378 for tickets. The box office of Albert Taylor Hall will open at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 and tickets ordered in advance can be picked up that night at Will Call. Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.

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