Hoops Creating Hope
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What We Do
Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy is an international basketball program in India committed to the teaching of the sport and to providing educational opportunities for its participants. There is NO COST for students attending Crossover.
We are dedicated to the idea that India is unlike other countries where basketball has been expanded. For us, the ultimate goal is academic achievement and success; basketball is the tool that makes those opportunities accessible. Participants in Crossover receive access to a specifically engineered curriculum with a focus on the academic skills necessary to succeed in higher education outside of India.
Through test preparation, cultural integration, and English pronunciation courses, and presentations on U.S. college applications and interviews, each student will be well prepared for the road in front of them. Crossover participants will not only be informed and motivated about their opportunities at the beginning of the process, but will also be supported when they continue on in their ventures after their time at Crossover is through.
Leveraging our ever shrinking global community through technology, we can help our students in person and from abroad through video chats, online writing evaluations, and interview prep on the academic front. To ensure their continued growth athletically, we will continue to evaluate digital video of the students on the court and take part in online coaching exchanges. We also provide cultural support and “foreign family” introductions upon departure from India to ensure our students safety, success, and seamless transition to a new culture.
A Stronger India
India’s role as an emerging economic power has been solidified over the last decade, yet the country is still known for some of the greatest wealth gaps in the world. The country is known across the globe for a cultural emphasis on education, yet less than 40% of the population completes a secondary level of schooling.
Athletically, India’s recent world cup cricket victory belies an emphasis on sport in the country, yet India sent only 56 athletes to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics, and only 3 to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Why this disparity? Not a lack of talent or ability, but one of training and opportunity.
By linking athletic prowess and academic opportunity, we create a scenario where students are able to leverage basketball to further their academic career. We can create a new paradigm for a new century – one where children from all areas and all economic strata are encouraged to see success as a possibility, an achievable dream.