KEN CARTER’S FANFARE LECTURE RESCHEDULED FOR NOV. 3
HAMMOND – A Southeastern
Louisiana University Fanfare lecture by Coach Ken Carter, the high school
basketball coach who made headlines for insisting that his students be
both academic and athletic winners, has been rescheduled for Thursday,
Carter, who was forced
to cancel an earlier appearance because of illness, will present “Average
Is Just Not Good Enough” at 7:30 p.m. at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre
for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond.
In 1997, Carter, a successful
businessman for years, returned to his California alma mater, Richmond
High School, as basketball coach. He immediately required his players to
sign contracts to keep their grades above a “C” average.
During the 1999 season,
Carter made headlines by locking out his undefeated varsity team for poor
performance in the classroom. His players responded to the coach’s bold
action, improving their performance both on the court and in the classroom.
Today, Carter is still
coaching as leader of SlamBall’s The Rumble. He is also the owner and operator
of Prime Time Sports and Prime Time Publishing under which he has published
three books. His controversial coaching move and principled stand on academics
caught Hollywood's attention, resulting in the production of “Coach Carter,”
a movie starring Samuel L. Jackson. Carter’s honest, straight forward delivery
makes him a highly sought-after speaker in academic, business and sports
Tickets are $18, adults;
$15, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni; $12, group rate;
and $8, non-SLU students. Southeastern students are admitted free with
their university I.D. Tickets are available online at www.columbiatheatre.org
at the Columbia Theatre box office, 985-543-4371, from noon-5 p.m., weekdays,
and one hour prior to the event. Online tickets should be purchased 24
hours in advance.