Vince Carter: I’m Gonna Make the Highlight
McDonald’s All-American, NBA All-Star, Olympic Gold Medalist, Human Highlight Reel, and Slam Dunk Champion are all things that you could say to describe basketball legend Vince Carter
, but did you know he’s also a highly skilled Saxophone player?
Vince Carter joined John Canzano on The Bald Faced Truth today to discuss his illustrious career, his upbringing, his passion for music, the NBA and more!Vince Carter
is known for dunks but he’s also quite the philanthropist, “[Embassy of Hope
] is the first thing I started believe it or not, as soon as I got that first check; of all the things I could have started, that’s [Embassy of Hope] what I started. I’ve always been fond of kids and just wanting to see them grow and succeed and understand how to go about that.”
Carter continued, “I just want to help kids reach their goal(s) and not even like, give it to them. But understand and learn how to go about getting to that goal on their own, so when they reach it [their goal], they can feel good about it because they worked their butt off to reach or accomplish your goal.”
Carter is also quite the musician and he gave Canzano a little background on how he became a passionate Sax player, “My stepfather was a band director and my mother was a teacher and a coach for the Majorettes, so I was always at band practice and as I got to sixth grade, I was a part of it [band practice]. I’ve just been around it so much and I always enjoyed music and I still love music to this day.”
Carter added, “Being in a musically inclined family, when I come home yeah you do your homework, practice my free throws and jump shots or whatever, but you also need to work on this Saxophone as well. My mother said if I was going to do it [play sax] I need to do it to the best of my ability.”
Carter also reminisced about his Olympic experience in the 2000 Summer games and what it meant to win a Gold medal, “That was awesome, for a lot of reasons.”
Carter went on, “These guys [his teammates] were phenomenal players and I was getting my opportunity to play and be a part of that and represent the United States. Everyone always talks about the dunk, but before the dunk was the opening ceremony. If you never got the opportunity to go to the Olympics, telling you means nothing. You standing there seeing and being part of the opening ceremony, I mean you see it on TV it’s like wow, but [in person] it’s just unbelievable.”
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