Coach Ken Carter to speak at Union College

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On October 19, Union College’s Leadership Symposium will present speaker Ken Carter, a high school basketball coach whose story was portrayed in the 2005 film, Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Ken Carter received national notoriety when as the basketball coach for Richmond High School in California, Carter chose to lock the undefeated team out of practice and basketball related activities after the players refused to live up to a signed contract spelling out rules for conduct and academic discipline. The team eventually returned to the court with improved grades and attitude after working together to meet the goals established by the coach.

Carter now owns Prime Time Publishing and Prime Time Sports and has founded the Coach Ken Carter Foundation, a non-profit organization that develops, promotes and provides education, training and mentoring programs for African-American youth.

“Each fall the Union College Leadership Symposium brings an outstanding leader to the Lincoln community who exemplifies the values reflected by the college,” explained Linda Becker, Union’s vice president for Student Services. “Coach Carter’s experience demonstrates that real education teaches students to value themselves.”

The Leadership Symposium comprises part of a two-year leadership certificate program at Union College that brings students together weekly in a cohort to learn and practice leadership skills.

Carter’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. on the campus of Union College in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 4801 Prescott Avenue. Doors open for general admission seating at 6 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the Union College Campus Store in the lower level of the Don Love Building or online. Tickets are $12.50 at the door, $10 in advance, $8 for groups of 10 or more and $8 for students (only available at the Campus Store with a valid student ID).

For questions or tickets via phone, please call 402.486.2973. To find out more about Coach Ken Carter’s work, go to