WHO WE ARE
The Omar Carter Charity is committed to helping young athletes and adults alike become better prepared in the case of a cardiac emergency. We work closely with teams, youth-serving organizations and centers to raise awareness of cardiovascular health and provide CPR training and keys to healthy living. Our materials and training are geared towards educating with engaging activities and easy to learn CPR lessons. Studies now show that learning “Compression Only CPR” makes people more likely to respond. The need for this education and training is increasingly important as more than 340,000 people in the US suffer SCA every year and less than 10% survive. Our goal is to increase that statistic by promoting training to raise the number of bystanders who are able to respond. We want to teach people how to help save lives.
Our signature events are community centered and incorporate our 3 areas of focus: education, awareness, and philanthropy. We create partnerships and leverage sponsorships to benefit the underserved and to lengthen our philanthropic arm in the Charlotte area! Our charity is always looking for volunteers so feel free to sign up for one of our quarterly events!
HEART OF GOLD WEEKEND
The Heart of Gold Weekend is a series of events geared toward bringing Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) awareness to the Charlotte community. In its first year, HOG had more than 500 active participants, more than 20 celebrity guest appearances, reached over 100,000 impressions on social media and was covered by all the top media outlets! The weekend includes a Kids Awareness Day, Celebrity Basketball Game, and Sponsorship Event and takes place in June.
BACK TO SCHOOL BLOCK PARTY
This community event combines SCA awareness, CPR demonstrations, backpack giveaways, and music powered by Power98 DJs. Over 400 backpacks filled with school supplies were given away preparing students for the 2015-2016 school year.
The Annual Back to School Block Party 2015 was hosted by Power98 and featured a guest appearance by Young Dro.
A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
It’s a Wonderful Christmas Celebration is a holiday event where Charlotte-area organizations come together to feed over 350 families and give away thousands of toys. Contributing sponsors help make a significant impact by donating year after year. Not only is there a celebration, including guest speakers and dinner hosted by one of the sponsors, but each child is presented with toys from their wish list.
This event is intended to put smiles on the faces, love in the hearts, and warm food in the stomachs of families in our community.