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Meet Cortney and Nikkia Carter of Love Kia Candles and Texas Student Athlete Academy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cortney and Nikkia Carter.

Cortney and Nikkia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started Texas Student Athlete Academy in 2017. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2008, I made my way back to Dallas to pursue coaching and development of the up and coming youth and high school players. After reviewing the high school scene, I started to be more concerned about student-athletes progress and life after football.

Love Kia Candles was started in 2014 by Nikkia Carter. My love for candles inspired me to open up a homemade candle boutique which then opened up my creativity and expanded the business. From there I started doing custom T-shirt’s, pillows, and Christmas sacks one of my top selling items to date.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For Texas Student Athlete Academy I think the biggest challenge is getting everyone to buy into a program of training. Most student-athletes think of working out as a hard thing to do and not as the thing you’re supposed to do to get to the next level.

For Love Kia Candles the biggest challenge is getting your product noticed, knowing that you have a great product but just not having the promotion to get the word out about it.

Please tell us about Love Kia Candles and Texas Student Athlete Academy.
Texas Student Athlete Academy is a third party sports enhancement and mentorship program for student-athletes. We specialize in specific based football position training and college prep. We’re firm believers of giving student athletes a vision of what lies ahead for them to obtain certain goals.

We take kids on college visits and make our main focus on their academics and life after sports. We’re most proud of the growing number of players who become committed and see the bigger picture. What makes us different is we strive to make sure kids get into college academically and just not athletically.

Love Kia Candles/Boutique we specialize in customized gifts and items. We’re known for our custom Christmas sacks in which our orders increased by 7000% because of a social media influencer posted our product on her page. I’m most proud of the recent increase in sales we’ve gotten. I think my creativity separates me from others.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Cortney Carter- My favorite memory honestly was when my grandmother bought me all four ninja turtles at one time. The best feeling ever

Nikkia Carter – just spending time with my family during the holidays

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: @TexasStudentAthleteAcademy @LoveKiaCandles
  • Facebook: @LoveKiaCandles @TexasStudentAthleteAcademy
  • Twitter: @athlete_tx

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