Kanter, 27, wants to inspire the next generation. He wants to leave the youth in a better place. He knows he can’t touch every single person, but hopes his charter school will enhance opportunities for a group of children. Though he’s not sure how much longer he will play in the NBA, he has an idea of the type of legacy he wants to leave behind. “When I’m done with my career I want to look back and see, like, hey, how many people I’ve inspired, how many lives I’ve touched, how many hearts I touch, or how many lives I change,” Kanter said.
“Because looking back and saying, ‘Oh, I averaged a double-double. I averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds’ — it’s good or whatever, but it’s not great. I think what really matters is, once you have this opportunity, once you have this platform, how many lives are you changing?”