Coach Ken Carter to headline Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce 87th Annual Awards Banquet

image001The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce (DBCC), the nation’s oldest Black chamber of commerce, will feature Coach Ken Carter, famously portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the film “Coach Carter,” as the keynote speaker at its 87th Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, October 11, 2013.

The life story of Coach Ken Carter has one central theme: winning on the court and in life requires more than just the average. In 1999, basketball coach Ken Carter made history at California’s Richmond High School by locking his undefeated team out of the gym for failing to honor their player contracts and academic requirements. Within two years, he single-handedly transformed the school and the team, motivating his players to pursue excellence both on and off the court.

In his featured presentation, Carter will challenge the Chamber to strive beyond the average to true greatness with the same standards he instilled in the Richmond team: accountability, integrity, teamwork and leadership.

“The messages Coach Carter used to motivate his team then reflect the principles of the Chamber and its members,” said Wilton Munnings, DBCC president and CEO. “Business growth and entrepreneurship are a community effort, and as we celebrate our annual event, we must be drawn ever more together.”

As a speaker, Carter brings conviction to the stage with powerful presentations, and as founder and chairman of the Coach Ken Carter Foundation, he also works to provide education, training, and mentoring programs for minority youth. Carter has been honored with numerous awards, including Harvard Club’s Distinguished Secondary Educator Award, NAACP’s Impact Citizen of the Year Award and several coaching and education awards.

The DBCC 87th Annual Awards Banquet will take place on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center, Ballroom A (650 South Griffin Street, Dallas, TX). The event is the Chamber’s premier event and provides a look at the past year’s accomplishments and upcoming programs and events that equip and market African-American businesses.

Seating is limited. Tickets for the banquet are $75 with pricing for small business and corporate tables available at request. Sponsorship packages also are available. For more information on individual tickets, table prices or sponsorship levels, call 214-421-5200.

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