Hoops Creating Hope
Crossover's 2015 Academy will take place June 29-July 10.
Hoops Creating Hope is a two week program for students in Chennai, India to create and develop the link between leadership, character, teamwork, and communication with academic success and future goals. By using basketball as the vehicle of change, students are able to learn on the court and in the classroom through play and guided experiential learning rather than more hours in a traditional classroom. The students learn about Crossover's four pillars of success in leadership, character, teamwork, and communication and how they can be applied towards their academics, individual skills, teamwork, and team defense.
At the 2014 Academy, Crossover welcomed over 450 students and hosted a Sport in Education Conference at The American International School in Chennai. Thought leaders, student voices, coaches, and educators from the US and India discussed the positive role sport can play in a students overall education. Learn more.
To read about the impact of the program from an educator's perspective - Ram Sundaram - a Teach For India Teaching Fellow wrote this letter to Crossover.
"I am no longer witnessing simple behavioural changes and a lack of values by my kids in the classroom. I bear testimony to widespread impact across the spectrum of influence in education. From parents to teachers to students to staff to myself; we can't thank you (Crossover) enough for empowering us to do more. Will keep you posted as we build on our collective learnings and move ahead with determination like never before." - Ram Sundaram, Teach for India Fellow
"A big thank you from me and my class kids to your whole team for organising this amazing camp. Just 2 days into the camp and I am already witnessing many positive changes in the kids. The kids are also having so much fun and are getting exposed to so many new things. I cannot wait to see the other possibilities the camp is going to open up for all the kids who are attending." - Prabhakaran K, Teach for India Fellow
Photos by Crossover Volunteer, Hannah Bitzer