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Real-life Coach Carter Visits with Avila Basketball Team

January 7, 2014

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Ken Carter with the Avila University's Men's Basketball TeamKen Carter, the former high school basketball coach who was the subject and inspiration for the 2005 movie Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson, was a recent guest of the Avila University men’s basketball team.

Carter, who’s also been a business owner and education activist, met with the Eagles players following practice on Monday, December 16, then attended their game against Harris-Stowe State University the next evening, a game won by the Eagles 100-84. Carter then went to dinner with both teams following the game.

Carter, who was known for honoring academic performance and behavior above athletics while coaching at Richmond High School, also gave all players and coaches signed DVDs of the movie named after him.


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Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.