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September 15, 2005
Contact: Jenny Kratz, Student Union Activities, (785) 864-2431

Academic Success Week lecture features inspiration for 'Coach Carter' movie

LAWRENCE -- Ken Carter, the California high school basketball coach who in 1999 famously locked his championship team players out of the gym until their grades improved, will speak at the University of Kansas Tuesday for an Academic Success Week lecture presented by Student Union Activities.

Carter, who inspired the "Coach Carter" movie starring Samuel L. Jackson, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

Carter was the head coach of Richmond, Calif.'s basketball team from 1997 to 2002. Since that time, he has toured the country as a motivational speaker; managed the Coach Ken Carter Foundation, a program aimed at providing financial support to community organizations that seek to follow in its founder's vision; and coached the Slam Ball basketball team, the Rumble. Slam Ball is an "extreme" basketball game played on trampolines.

Admission is free to any students with a school I.D. Tickets for the general public are $3. Vouchers may be picked up at the SUA Box Office, Level 4 of the Kansas Union.

A free showing of the movie "Coach Carter" will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept.19, in Woodruff Auditorium. For more information on either event, call (785) 864 - SHOW or visit www.suaevents.com.

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