Coach Carter returning to Richmond Saturday for basketball game fundraiser

Richmond's Coach Carter the reason No. 21 Baylor played little-known school Wednesday
Former Richmond High Coach Ken Carter, whose tenure at RHS inspired the 2005 film Coach Carter.

An effort to raise money to send Richmond youth to a college tour in Washington D.C. is attracting support from all over — even from the famous Coach Carter, who now calls Texas home.

The former Richmond High basketball coach and player, nationally known after Samuel L. Jackson portrayed him in the film Coach Carter, is visiting Richmond on Saturday in order to coach and play in a fundraiser basketball game.

Other special guests are expected to participate in the game, which will be between the semi-pro San Francisco Rumble and a Richmond all-star team. The event is expected to start at 4 p.m. at the Richmond Police Activities League, 2200 Macdonald Ave. Admission is $12.

The game is an important benefit for the 20 youth participating in the Richmond Young Scholars DC Tour, where they will visit multiple colleges, the White House, Capitol Hill and other historic sites. The trip runs from April 1 – 7, and while the kids have launched a number of fundraising efforts — including selling about $5,000 worth of candy — they remain short on funds.

A gofundme account has been launched with the goal of raising $5,000 for the trip.

The Richmond Young Scholars Program, a subsidiary of Richmond Police Activities League, aims to “increase the number of underrepresented students who are eligible for college admission,” said Larry Lewis, committee chair. “None of the students participating in the Richmond Young Scholars College Tour have traveled to Washington D.C., and many have never left the West Coast. This experience will have a transformative impact in the lives of our youth by raising their awareness of college, broadening their understanding of our nation, increasing their exposure to our political process, and, most importantly, expanding their personal goals and aspirations.”