Real Life Coach Carter to Speak to Students About His Experiences, Attaining Success


Real Life Coach Carter to Speak to Students About His Experiences, Attaining Success
Ken Carter, the man who inspired the movie Coach Carter, will visit Cal Poly Pomona to speak to students on March 7.

Ken Carter, the man who inspired the movie Coach Carter, which is currently in theaters, will visit Cal Poly Pomona to speak to students on Monday, March 7, at 5 p.m. in the University Theatre.

Carter is the controversial high school basketball coach who made national news in 1999 when he benched his undefeated team due to the players' poor academic records.

Now an author and motivational speaker, Carter will speak to students about visualizing and attaining success, winning against all odds, setting goals and putting family first. He will first speak to Bronco athletes from 3-3:45 p.m. The general student population will hear a unique presentation at 5 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. Autographs and a book signing are scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

Carter's visit was initiated by professor James Swartz's Marketing the Movies course for entertainment business majors. The class is working with Paramount Pictures toward preparing a business plan for the DVD release of the movie Coach Carter.

Prior to Carter's visit, James Swartz, professor of International Business & Marketing, will present a screening of film segments and interviews at 2 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Major Suite.

A number of campus organizations came together to make this event possible: College of Business Administration, Bronco Events & Activities Team, Office of the President, Bronco Athletics, I&IT MediaVision & Studio Six and the Theatre department.

Free tickets to the event are available to Cal Poly Pomona students with a current Bronco ID at the University Theatre Box Office on the following days and times: Thursday, March 3, 12-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. and Monday, March 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Live video streaming for this event is available to all faculty, staff and students at video.cpp.edu.

For more information on Carter's visit, call (909) 869-2854.