WTVY News 4 is committed to our community and to show the positive efforts made by our viewers. As part of Black History Month we will showcase area residents who are making a difference.
News 4's introduces you to "Black History Month Heros."
It’s not often these heroes are recognized.
Actually, they sometimes go unnoticed, but continue doing what they can to help their respective communities.
We went into the gym and followed Dale County Basketball Coach Anthony Carter.
Coach Carter is helping kids learn the skills of playing on the court and improving their life skills.
Coach Anthony Carter\Ozark City League
Kemon McLeod\Team Member
Blake Stevens\Team Member
Coach Anthony Carter, at a towering height of six feet nine inches, and the father of a 10-year-old son, could be playing pro basketball or coaching to make ends meet.
Instead, he has quit his job as a basketball coach at Carroll High School, and has opted to coach basketball for 9 to 12-year-olds in the Ozark City League, free of charge.
He says the reason is simple. "I grew up without my dad in the household and I think it's so important for black, white, Chinese, Japanese; for the men to step up and be a part of their son's lives. And I saw the opportunity to work with those kids and also I may be a role model for those kids who don't have a parent or male role model in the house."
A graduate of Faulkner University, he traveled the world playing pro-basketball.
Carter, who is originally from Greenville, Alabama, moved to Ozark five years ago with his son, who was 4-years-old at the time.
Now, he coaches his son Payton, along with eight other kids; kids who say their coach teaches them valuable lessons, even though it's tough.
"He's really hard on us, but I think that's a good thing because we need to do that to win," said one player.
Another player added, "He helps us and encourages us. He wants us to win and he helps us do stuff."
That ‘stuff’ includes taking the team out to eat and do what they call, 'hanging out'.
Carter says it’s these priceless lessons from those who taught him, which make him want to help others. "I realized if it weren't for teachers and coaches, I wouldn't be where I am today with a male role model in my life.
Thirty-five-year-old Carter currently teaches classes at DA Smith Middle School and serves as an assistant football coach at Carroll High.
On top of that, he's also working toward his master’s degree in administration.
Coach Carter's team is 6 and 4. They are second in their league.