Michael Carter Jr. is an inspiring entrepreneur and creative leader with the mindset of impacting and motivating the youth by developing his personal story of overcoming adversities and hardships on your path to success.
At age 15, he was granted the opportunity to work with the New Jersey Nets and became the first African American ballboy for the team. As a “Ballboy” from “1990-1998,” he forever dedicated his time not only to the game and athletes he was surrounded by but to become involved in the community events with the organization. Through his involvement in joining the team at charity hospital events, Christmas giveaways for kids, helping honorary ballboy during game days, Michael became inspired to helping kids.
During his tenure with the NJ Nets, he also had dreams of becoming an actor/model with the hopes of one day making it big in the business. That dream came to fruition and in 1991 he was given the opportunity to be a special guest on the iconic television music video program, “Yo! MTV Raps,” with hosts Ed Lover and Doctor Dre. Michael was featured on the one hour show answering questions and introducing videos to their TV audience
His employment with the Nets allowed him to meet and work with various NBA coaches, players and superstars, and other individuals within the athletic field. He had also worked with the college basketball team, the Seton Hall Pirates, whenever their games were played at the Brendan Byrne Arena, aka Meadowlands Arena.
While working with the Nets in 1994, he was given a chance to be a “Stickboy” for the New Jersey Devils and proud to be with them in 1995 when they became the Stanley Cup Champions.
An unimagined event occurred during the 1998-1999 NBA Season, and a lockout occurred that would leave Michael without a job. Embarking on endless opportunities, he returned to the NBA world in 2000. He again conquered another dream of working at the World-Famous Madison Square Garden and was invited by a couple of players to work for the New York Knicks as a “ballboy.”
Michael elevated within the organization, working with the community relations department, volunteering at Reading Zone, Children Village, Basketball Clinic, and Knicks Poetry Slam to show his compassion and commitment to the youth.
Michael biggest moment came after the devastating September 11, 2001 tragedy and decided again to find a way to help those who lost a love one. He merged the Port Authority of NY & NJ and New York Knicks along with the visiting team (Utah Jazz) to where “We Will Never Forget” t-shirts were worn during pre-game warm-ups. He also coordinated ticket donations given to the Port Authority employees and an autograph pair of game worn sneakers to a family!
Michael landed another incredible opportunity, became the intern for 98.7 Kiss Fm “The Wake-Up Club” morning show, and worked hard to keep his job! His internship would last the entire summer, and after 3 long months, Michael was offered a production coordinator position with the Kiss “Wake Up Club.” Answering listener’s calls, put them through to the show, finding hot topic ideas, and being a showrunner. After two years and Michael standing out, he was offered a position as the celebrity talent booker.
He proved his capabilities and landed some of the most well-known A-list celebrities in sports and entertainment, such as Beyoncé, Sean Puffy Combs, John Legend, Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, NBA legend Reggie Miller, John Starks, Dwayne Wade and more. Michael shared his success with kids and became involved with the community relations department at the station, and volunteered at youth events.
Michael missed out on his chance to grow within the station and was laid off in February 2007. With his entrepreneurial spirit, he took a chance and started a company Michael Carter Enterprises, LLC., the premier concierge service for the elite. He gained recognition working with athletes while employed with the New York Knicks and wanted to utilize his contacts in the entertainment industry to gain interest and business. Michael achieved some success with chartering transportation services and celebrity talent booking at radio stationed events. Such as Hot97 Summer Jam, Lenny Green’s and 98.7 Kiss FM’s “Family Day,” Harlem Day with Kiss FM, and John Starks Celebrity Golf Tournament.
Michael discovered his true purpose and mission in getting back involved with his community and developing the urban youth. He recently started Michael Motivates, under Michael Carter Enterprises, LLC., dedicating his time to motivating and inspiring youth. Through his personal reflections of his life by overcoming the obstacles and setbacks he’s made, the next generation can significantly impact becoming innovative leaders in taking advantage of the road ahead. He’s also committed and volunteered at his children’s school, coordinating field trips to 107.5 WBLS radio station and the World Famous Apollo Theatre for an educational concert showcase.
Michael Carter’s goal is to return to the entertainment business in some capacity and to help inspire the urban youth to achieve their dreams. He continues to reside in Bergen County, NJ, with his wife and 2 children.