COACH TO SHARE HIS TOUGH LOVE MODEL AND PHILOSOPHY FOR MOTIVATING OUR YOUTH AT The Long Beach Midnight Basketball League Banquet – Long Beach, CA.
On Saturday, November 22, 2003 Coach Ken Carter was invited to bring the keynote address for the Long Beach Midnight Basketball League Annual Fall Awards Banquet allowing him to take his message right to young people who could benefit from his efforts. “Keeping It Real” is his motto, taken from the slang of the streets.
“Keeping It Real,” means that in your daily actions and behavior, you never forget where you’re from and who you are. To sympathize with something or someone. Coach Carter is taking this same message and is presenting it in a totally new way, in his effort to get these young people to realize that their destiny is their own.
Carter recognizes that over the last decade our Juvenile Court system has become a housing facility for young people considered “unfit” for society. These young people are being detained for crimes as minor as a Class C Misdemeanor (Graffiti) to as severe as 1st Degree charges (assault), and society has all but given up on the fate of these individuals. Without programs such as the Long Beach Midnight Basketball League many of the young people represented at the banquet could become a part of that statistic.
Teens Studying Coach Carter has been chosen because of his dedication to education and commitment to holding his kids accountable for their academic performance. His phenomenal practices have proven successful, with his unprecedented record of sending all seniors under his guidance to college! –A record for Richmond High school.
“I consider it a distinct honor to participate in the Long Beach Midnight Basketball League Annual Fall Awards Banquet,” says Coach Carter, Head Coach, Boy’s Basketball Team, Richmond High School. “It is a great opportunity for me to share ideas with young people to let them know exactly what can be done if they set their minds to it.”