Coach Ken Carter opens boys academy this fall

Coach Ken Carter wil open an academy this fallGeorge Fox alumnus Ken Carter is taking another chance, once again in the name of education.

Four years ago, Carter's story of putting academics over athletics was celebrated on the big screen with the release of Coach Carter, in which actor Samuel L. Jackson portrayed him as a tough-love high school basketball coach who locked his unbeaten team out of the gym until players got their grades up. Today, he's putting his money and reputation on the line to open an unconventional boarding school in Marlin, Texas.

The Coach Carter Impact Academy will open this fall with up to 150 boys in grades eight to 12. The academy will feature a demanding academic and athletic atmosphere with opportunities to study such fields as entrepreneurship, video game design and aviation.

“This is my dream. I’ve always wanted a school,” he told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “I’m scared to death. But in life you have to do things that are uncomfortable. You go to some people’s funerals and all their dreams are buried with them. I don’t want that to be me.”

To find out more about Carter's plan, read the July 12 story that appeared in the Waco Tribune-Herald.