KEYSER - Professional basketball player James “JC” Carlton kicked off the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce's Wellness Weekend Thursdsay with visits to two Frankfort District schools and an appearance at the town hall meeting in Short Gap.

For the News Tribune
KEYSER - Professional basketball player James “JC” Carlton kicked off the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce’s Wellness Weekend Thursdsay with visits to two Frankfort District schools and an appearance at the town hall meeting in Short Gap.
Carlton, who was in Keyser for Spartan Day at Keyser High School last year, is returning to the area for a busy five days of appearances and activities sponsored by the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce and Keyser Wal-mart.
Carlton, who played with the NBA Oklahoma Thunder in 2016, is signed with the National Basketball League in Australia for the 2018 season, and plans to return to the NBA in 2018.
During the break in seasons, he has been in his Washington, D.C., home, pursuing his dream of business ownership with a catering service focused on healthy eating options. Currently he is training for business with a mentor in D.C. and in collaboration on opening the business for his career after basketball.
JC is passionate about consistently working toward holistic health through fitness and nutrition, training for excellence on the court or off, and serving his communities through motivating, enlightening, and mentoring kids.
For the Wellness Weekend, he will visit with kids in schools in different sectors of the county,  as well as the Union Educational Complex in Grant County.
He was scheduled to attend the town hall meeting being sponsored Thursday by the Mineral County Day Committee, in which local legislators were invited to meet with county residents to discuss various issues.
 Sunday, he will serve as grand marshall for the Elk Garden Christmas Parade on Sunday at 5 p.m.
His remaining schedule of appearances is as follows:
Friday, Dec. 1
   8:30 a.m. – Country breakfast at the Jones Farm
   10:15a.m. – Union School Visit through lunch
   1:15 p.m. – Elk Garden School
   3 p.m. – Break at the hotel
   4:30 p.m. – Supper at the Candlewyck restaurant
   6 p.m. – Keyser Parade lineup
   7 p.m. – Keyser Christmas Parade and tree lighting
   8:30 p.m. – Kick-back at the Candlewyck for dessert
   9:30 p.m. – Back to the hotel
Saturday, Dec. 2
   8:30 a.m. – Breakfast at Denny’s
   10 a.m. – Meet and Greet at the Chamber of Commerce
   Noon – Lunch at The Royal
   2 p.m. – Workout demonstration and questions at Warrior Fitness
   4 p.m. – Time on the mountain
   6 p.m.– Supper at Ponderosa
   8 p.m. – Shoot some pool
   10 p.m. – Back to the hotel
Sunday, Dec. 3
   12:30 p.m. – Sunday dinner with the Jones Family
   2 p.m. – Time on the mountain and rest break
   4:30 p.m. – Lineup for the Elk Garden Parade
   5 p.m. – Elk Garden Christmas parade and tree lighting
   8 p.m. – Back to the hotel
Monday, Dec. 4
   Continental Breakfast at the Hotel
   8:30 a.m. – Talk with Wall-mart hourly staff, Gary Smith mgr.
   9:30 a.m. – Keyser schools (tentative)
   Noon – Keyser schools
   1:30 p.m. –Burlington Children’s Home School