April 24, 2014 10:14 am

Real-life Coach Carter aims to inspire at Winnipeg fundraiser

WINNIPEG – Coach Ken Carter, immortalized as the tough-talking academics-first coach played by Samuel L. Jackson in the movie Coach Carter, says good role models are key to stopping poor sportsmanship.

Incidents like the recent notorious brawls in Manitoba minor hockey are caused by the poor examples adults set for young athletes, Carter said Thursday on the Global Winnipeg Morning News.

“They see that on television, so they try to emulate what’s happening,” Carter said. “We’ve just got to be great role models – simple as that.”

Carter is in Winnipeg to deliver the keynote speech at Dakota Collegiate’s Alumni Field Capital Campaign fundraiser at Canad Inns Polo Park.

Dakota, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, needs new athletics facilities and the money raised will fund the anniversary project.

“We’re going to do something fantastic here,” Carter said.

Carter spoke to students at Dakota Collegiate Thursday morning.

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Carter has inspired millions after he insisted his basketball students keep up in the classroom as well as on the court – and benched his undefeated team when they didn’t. The 2005 Jackson movie earned an estimated $30 million at the box office.

Young players are student athletes, Carter said.

“Student comes first,” he said.

He’s also all about respect, with his book being called “Yes ma’am, no sir.”

“I wouldn’t have a movie if I didn’t say those four words,” he said.

To learn more about Thursday night’s event, go to the Dakota website.

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