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Vince Carter grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, competing
in soccer, football, tennis, volleyball, track, and basketball.
He also played in school bands for seven years. Struggling
through his parents' divorce, he developed a positive attitude to
carry him forward. In his senior year of high school, Carter
earned seventy-six college scholarships for either basketball or
music. Choosing to play basketball for the University of North
Carolina, he also promised his mother to stay in school. With one
college year left, Carter put his name into the 1998 National
Basketball Association draft. The Toronto Raptors selected him,
and he rose quickly in the NBA ranks.
In 2000, Carter joined the United States Olympic basketball
team for competition in Sydney, Australia. Playing with
determination, he helped the team win gold. This medal meant more
to him than any NBA title. Remembering his promise to his mother,
Carter attended summer classes and earned his college degree in
African-American studies. To him, all of his NBA wins were less
important than finishing school. Carter continues to be an
All-Star both on and off the court.
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