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Student Coaches To Travel To India At Crossover Basket Ball Academy


Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy announced today four US high school students who were chosen to participate in their Hoops Creating Hope summer program in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in July of this year. Each of the students was selected following a competitive application process, which included short essay questions and teacher recommendations.

Margaret Brown and Kasey Hartung from Phillips Academy Andover and George Baldini and Jonathon Metzger from Dexter School were all selected to participate, joining seven volunteer adult Crossover faculty members during July 2013 in Chennai, India. Raj Mundra, administrator and faculty member at Phillips Academy Andover will help lead the student program, and Shaun Jayachandran, Founder of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy and faculty member at Dexter Southfield Schools, will lead the overall program again this summer.

The summer program is scheduled to last from July 8 – 19, 2013. The four high school students will be proactively involved in connecting students with lessons both on and off the court both before and after the school day in India as well as facilitate the Coach the Coaches segment (where Indian teachers and coaches are invited to learn best practices about how to best teach students through sport) during the day. The students will also be chronicling their experience both through written and visual mediums.

Opportunities exist for those interested to get involved, whether it be monetarily or in a hands-on way. Like any other promising non-profit, involvement and participation help carry the momentum of the project to the next level and are just as key as the vision itself. It truly takes a team effort to win championships and break the cycle of poverty for more than just one year but for a lifetime.

Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy (www.crossover-india.org) is the first non-profit international program in India to leverage basketball athletic values and skill as a means to develop academic opportunities for Indian students. The main objective of Crossover Basketball is to use basketball as a vehicle of change in communities in India by combining the ideas of a sport and imparting the values of leadership, character, communication, and teamwork with the goal of inspiring and preparing those students to continue in their educational pursuits through the university level. We are not just preparing athletes and helping to increase education rates, we are helping prepare future leaders for Indian communities.

Crossover Basketball is dedicated to the idea that India is unlike any other country where basketball has been expanded, due in large part to the potential for academic as well as athletic success for children. The key to integrating sport within the community will be its emphasis on the promotion of educational prospects domestically and internationally. Crossover participants will not only be educated in a non-biased way as to opportunities that currently exist and how to achieve those goals, but will also be supported in their endeavors outside of India once they leave the program. We are not just preparing athletes and helping to increase education rates, we are helping prepare future leaders for Indian communities.

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