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Coach Carter to present Bonner Lecture

September 12, 2014

“Integrity,” “accountability” and “leadership” are more than buzz words to Coach Ken Carter. They are principles fully integrated into the belief system that guides his life — and his work with youths around the country.

Carter brings his message to Emporia State University on Oct. 29 as the 2014 speaker in the Bonner & Bonner Diversity Lecture Series, underwritten by the Emporia State University Office of Student Affairs. Carter’s lecture, which is free, is titled “What You See is What You Get: How to Visualize and Reach Your Goals.”

“We are pleased to have a speaker who upholds the ideals and beliefs of Doctors Tom and Mary Bonner,” said Dr. Jim Williams, vice president for student affairs. “Both Tom and Mary believed that education was a key to excellence.”

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.

Carter’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Albert Taylor Hall on the Emporia State campus. Following the lecture, he 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 will be 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.

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