2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient - Omar Carter ('07)
As a student at Charlotte Christian School, Omar Carter was a two-time, all-state basketball honoree and led the varsity team to the state championship finals. Upon his graduation in 2007, he went on to star at Charleston Southern University, where he was named the Big South Freshman of the Year. At the end of his sophomore season, Omar transferred to Appalachian State University and, as a mountaineer, Omar earned SoCon Player of the Week, All-Southern Conference, and Second-Team All-District 22 honors. Following his collegiate career, Omar continued playing basketball overseas in several countries including Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
Omar’s professional basketball career ended abruptly when his heart stopped due to cardiac arrest while playing in a summer league game in Charlotte in July of 2013. This pivotal moment in Omar’s life led him to start the Omar Carter Foundation with a goal of saving lives by teaching one million people CPR. As a Charlotte Christian alum, we are proud of Omar’s dedication to community service through his foundation and for his Christ-like response to near tragedy in his own life. We are proud to honor him with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.