Vince was among the top five draft picks in the 1998 NBA draft and joined the Toronto Raptors where he distinguished himself in his rookie season as an explosive player with a powerful dunk and colorful on-court play. He was selected 1999 NBA “Rookie of the Year,” garnering 113 of 118 possible votes. He was also named Sportsman of the Year for NBA’s Central Division.
In 2000, Carter distinguished himself as the NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner when he had the spectators on their feet in wild anticipation of what his next spectacular move would be. His “flying high act” placed him far above the others as a winner. He was the leading vote getter for placement on the NBA All-Star Team, a remarkable feat for a second year player.
Also in 2000, Carter proudly represented the United States on the Olympic Basketball Team. He wowed the crowds in Hawaii, Japan, and Australia. Now he is one of the proud United States gold medal winners.
In addition, Vince led the Toronto Raptors to three playoff berths and the New Jersey Nets to three, while garnering impressive individual accolades. He has been selected as an NBA All-Star for eight consecutive years, leading all vote getters for four of those years. The fans chose Vince as a starter in six of the eight years. In the summer of 2003, Vince proudly accepted the responsibility to once again represent the United States on the Olympic qualifying basketball team in Puerto Rico.
In 2006 and 2007, Vince was named the Continental Work Hard Fly Right Player of the Year. In addition, in 2007, Vince was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding representation of Florida while attending Mainland High School in Daytona Beach.
In 2009, Vince was traded to the Orlando Magic, in 2010 he was traded to the Phoenix Suns, and as of December 2011, Vince is a proud member of the Dallas Mavericks.
Vince’s most significant accomplishment culminated in May 2001, when he accepted his diploma from the University of North Carolina for completing his degree in African-American studies.
As a part of Vince’s advocacy of children in the world of sports, he donated 2.5 million dollars to his high school to enhance the school’s gymnasium. Vince continually signs on to promote children’s causes through several organizations including the Children’s Home Society, the Salvation Army, the Wings of Hope Foundation, numerous local schools and other groups.
Beginning in 2001, two $5000 “Believing in Your Dreams” scholarships have been awarded each year to a Volusia County Schools’ male and female high school senior who have maintained a 3.0 GPA and have displayed model character and involvement in extra curricular activities. The intent of these scholarships is to assist a boy and a girl to attend a post secondary college or university.
In 2004, the Embassy of Hope Foundation, on the recommendation of Vince and his mother, Michelle, annually award the Annie B. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship to a deserving high school senior in Volusia County interested in the field of nursing. This scholarship is in memory of Vince’s great grandmother and Michelle’s grandmother who helped instill in them the importance of an education.
In 2007, Vince and his mother, Michelle Carter-Scott, donated $1.6 million to the Stewart-Marchman Foundation for a new 100-bed substance abuse treatment facility in Flagler County, Florida. The facility is called “The Vince Carter Sanctuary” and includes the Michelle Carter-Scott Community Center, named in honor of Vince’s mother, Michelle.
In 2008, the Embassy of Hope Foundation awarded the Vince Carter Challenge Scholarship. This scholarship paid full tuition, books, and fees for two years to a Mainland High School, Vince’s alma mater, graduate to attend Daytona State College, Florida. This scholarship was the result of Vince’s challenge to every Mainland graduate to give $50 to help a boy or girl get a post secondary education at his hometown’s former community college.
In 2009, the Embassy of Hope Foundation created Kai’s Kloset, a resource for families in need of clothing and shoes. Kai’s Kloset is named in honor of Vince’s daughter, Kai Michelle, and proudly distributes clothes and shoes that his daughter can no longer wear. Not only does this help his local community, but it instills in his daughter the importance of giving back.