NBA veteran Vince Carter will be coming back to his hometown on Saturday night, August 25th where he will be hosting a Charity Gala at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Tickets are $125 a person and always a very classy event, where black tie is optional. Proceeds will benefit Vince’s Embassy of Hope Foundation, which he started his rookie year when playing for the Toronto Raptors. His foundation provides “Believing In Your Dreams” scholarships, woman and children’s programs. The 9-piece band, MPire will provide entertainment to guests while fans can bid on auction items that include signed sports memorabilia.
A high school McDonald’s All-American, Carter played three years at the University of North Carolina. While there, he twice reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before being selected as the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, who traded him to the Toronto Raptors. He won the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and won the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2000 NBA All-Star Game the following season. That summer, he represented the United States in the Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal.
Entering the NBA, he quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his leaping ability and slam dunks, earning him nicknames such as “Vinsanity,” “Air Canada,” and “Half-Man, Half-Amazing.” He provided NBA fans with the greatest dunks the Slam Dunk contest has ever seen in 2000. In 2011, Carter scored his 20,000th point, becoming the 37th player to do so. During his career he played with the Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.
Vince continues to do great things for the cities he played in. Just a matter of time before he gets his call to the NBA Hall of Fame. For more information about his Gala, visit his official website, VinceCater15.com
Watch a Video of Vince Carter’s 13 Annual Embassy of Hope Gala Recap: