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OU's Quinton Carter named to Good Works team, surprised by 4-year-old friends

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm •  Published: September 21, 2010

NORMAN — Winning Big 12 titles, playing in the national title game and never losing a home game will be lifelong memories for Oklahoma senior safety Quinton Carter.

Carter, though, experienced another lifelong memory Tuesday that had nothing to do with football.

One of 11 Football Bowl Subdivision players nationally to be selected to the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works team, Carter was surprised when a group of four-year-old kids from KinderCare appeared at the presentation minutes before OU coach Bob Stoops' weekly press conference.

“I will never forget this day,” Carter said. “I was just telling one of the parents my heart is still beating. My stomach dropped when those kids walked around the corner. I guess they've known about this for 10 days. I had no idea.”

Carter donated some free time last summer at the day care to help teach the children basic reading and writing skills. He also is involved in other community projects in Norman, Oklahoma City and Las Vegas, his hometown.

Carter has worked with Habitat for Humanity, a young single fathers program, organized a youth football clinic in Las Vegas and created his own non-profit organization named SOUL (Serving Others through Unity and Leadership).

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