The Hoops Creating Hope story not only leverages sports to help underprivileged children in India, but also gives second and third generation Indian Americans a way to discover India on their own terms.
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One summer after Ram competed in the Caribbean, he was shooting hoops in Chennai where his parents emigrated from in 1988...
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Putting smiles on the faces of children who are not as fortunate has always instilled a sense of self-pride. Doing it half a world away is even more gratifying. A pair of Chaminade University men's basketball players experienced just that.
Read more … Mathew, Shastri Teach Hoops, Education in India
Maryland men’s basketball player Varun Ram will volunteer in Chennai, India for Hoops Creating Hope – a program for students to create and develop the link between leadership, character, teamwork and communication with academic success and future goals.
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At a TEDx event, Crossover Founder, Shaun Jayachandran, tells us about his work in India with Crossover Basketball and how the leadership lessons that help kids excel on the court actually help as a student.
Read more … TEDxTalk: Hoops Creating Hope
Crossover Academy 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, teamwork, and communication with the goal of inspiring and preparing
those students to continue in their educational pursuits through the university level.
Read more … Crossover Founder Shares his Experiences with Dream About Sports
According to UNICEF, of the 200 million enrolled students in the country, 80 million will drop out before finishing elementary school.
On the other side of the globe, in Clarksville, River Hill graduate and Maryland men's basketball senior Varun Ram never felt the pressures that kids feel on a daily basis in the country where his parents grew up.
This summer, Ram was able to experience that disparity firsthand. And, through the Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy and the "Hoops Creating Hope" program, he was able to work with others in closing the gap through his favorite sport.
Read more … Clarksville-native Ram takes basketball knowledge to India
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball player Varun Ram is currently in Chennai, India volunteering for Hoops Creating Hope – a two week program for students to create and develop the link between leadership, character, teamwork and communication with academic success and future goals.
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When I heard about the Crossover Basketball program, an international education program, the first non-profit [501(c)3] international education program in India to leverage athletic values and skill to develop academic opportunities for Indian students, I knew I wanted to learn more.
Read more … Crossover Basketball: Spreading Hope In India Through Sports
When teaching kids about basketball, the importance of rebounding is always included. But what about teaching this skill in the classroom?
According to Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, these types of basketball skills are just as applicable on the basketball court as they are off the court for many kids in India.
Read more … The Power of Basketball
Repriya is 10 years old, studying in class five at Chennai Primary School. I ask her what her favourite sport is. She says basketball instantly.
Read more … Crossing Over for Inclusion