Former NBA Player to Speak at Luncheon
Hattiesburg, Miss., September 28, 2012 - Former National Basketball League player M.L. Carr will be the speaker at the Halbrook Awards luncheon and business meeting during the 2012 Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities conference, which is hosted this year by William Carey University.
The luncheon will be held on the second day of the conference, Oct. 2, at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center. The Halbrook Awards, established by former state representative David M. Halbrook and his wife and acclaimed artist, Rita Halbrook, are given to student athletes in Mississippi’s colleges and universities who excel in academics, leadership and community service.
Carr’s 10-year playing career included one season in the American Basketball Association and nine seasons in the NBA as a player for the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics, where he contributed to two NBA titles in 1981 and 1984. After his retirement, he served as the director of community relations and later as head coach and director of basketball operations for the Celtics.
Outside of his professional athletic career, Carr has also achieved success as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has founded three charitable foundations since 1985, including the M.L. Carr Scholarship Foundation at Guilford College, the John Henry Carr Alzheimer’s and Aging Foundation and the WARM2Kids Charitable Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his service to the community, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Image Award.
He is also the president and chief operating officer of The Dream Company, LLC, a multi-faceted insurance marketing firm. He is a board member of Futures Without Violence, Davis Lee Companies, LLC, and New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.