Nanetta “Nan” Carter of Savannah, Missouri recently became a Lead Gift Contributor toward the Preserving the Past, Focusing on the Future capital campaign to restore the historic Geyer Hall at North Central Missouri College. Her gracious gift of $100,000 will have a lasting and positive impact on the current and future students of the college for years to come.
Nan has been touching student’s lives for many years, and this is one more example of her helping to change the lives of others. Nan’s passion for helping others can be seen throughout her lifetime which included being an educator, coach, mentor, and gracious donor to NCMC and the NCMC Foundation.
After earning her degree from Northwest Missouri State University, Nan taught physical education at Trenton High School and Trenton Junior College (now NCMC) and thus started her passion for the college. Nan commented, “I enjoyed my time in Trenton. My students treated me very nicely, and I’ve always appreciated Trenton.” This lead to her love and passion for NCMC and her recent commitment to the capital campaign to help restore Geyer Hall.
In 1961, Nan organized her first summer women’s fast pitch team, known as the North Missouri CT’s (Carter’s Team.) This was the beginning of her Coaching career that lasted over forty years. The Carters’ constructed their “field of dreams” in 1977 naming it Turner Field. CT earned seven state championship titles and eight runner-up titles. Nan’s CT Timers, composed of players 35 and older, and won two national championships.
Additional accolades include her induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, the Missouri ASA Softball Hall of Fame and the NCMC Athletic Hall of Fame. In April of 2007, she was recognized with the “Sprint Spirit Award” at the Women’s Sports Award Celebration in Kansas City.
Nan’s love for softball and women’s sports continues as she is an avid supporter and promoter of NCMC. She established scholarships in memory of her late husband, Warren, and in her honor which awards scholarships each year to student athletes at NCMC. Through these scholarships, she has touched many lives and helped them achieve their higher education goals. “I am proud of our scholarship recipients and what they have done with their lives,” said Nan.
She was also a long-term member of the NCMC Foundation. Honored at the last Foundation Board meeting in May, she was thanked for her many years of service to this organization. “I’m blessed to have Nan Carter as a dear friend and mentor. She has touched my life and helped me become a better person. I wish I’d had the opportunity to play for Coach Carter as I’ve talked to many individuals who were blessed to have played ball for her. She was able to give young women many opportunities they might never have had such as traveling across the country and getting to see the ocean, mountains, and do many wonderful things. Her gracious gift to the NCMC Foundation will continue her legacy of giving to help others. This donation will help provide a beautiful building for our students as they are working to achieve their higher educational goals,” said Teresa J. Cross, Director of the NCMC Foundation.