Five things to know about Varun Ram, Maryland’s last-second hero

Ram spent two weeks in India in the summer of 2014, working with the Crossover Basketball & Scholars Academy, a program that uses basketball to try to convince kids to stay in school.

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Culture change: Varun Ram’s journey to Maryland shaped by his Indian heritage

In the classrooms and dining halls at the University of Maryland, and on social media feeds everywhere, many people know Varun Ram as the Indian basketball player.

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TEDxTalk: Hoops Creating Hope

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.

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Clarksville-native Ram takes basketball knowledge to India

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.

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Ram Volunteers in India for Hoops Creating Hope

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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Four Traits that Help Youngsters Rise in Life

Chennai: Urging students to acquire leadership skills, founder of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, Shaun Jayachandran, said that they should learn to lead.

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Prefects sworn in at Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam

The chief guest, Shaun Jayachandran spoke about the benefits of sports in enhancing academic performance, character building and team spirit.

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Keeping Them in the Loop

US-based teacher Shaun Jayachandran returns to Chennai every year, to conduct free basketball camps for underprivileged children.

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Crossover Basketball: Spreading Hope In India Through Sports

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.

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Every Year, This Man Brings Coaches From The USA And Teaches Basketball To Local Children. Hoops Creating Hope.

A long time ago, somewhere in Chennai, the kind gesture of a man changed the trajectory of life of an orphaned girl. He decided to support this girl in her education, a simple act of kindness.

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The Power of Basketball

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.

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Wheelock College Forges into Partnership with Crossover

Wheelock College (Boston, MA) has listed Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy as a potential Service Abroad location for Summer 2014.

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Harvard Spotlight: Jonah Travis

During the middle of his internship, Jonah was permitted to take two weeks off and travel to India as part of the Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy.

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Crossing Over for Inclusion

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.

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Two Pike Students Bring Sneakers, Hope to India

The boys helped out an organization that empowers kids through academics and athletics.

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Taking a shot on real time court

“Leadership, character, communication, teamwork,” Shaun counts the four elements on his fingers. According to him, a sport like basketball can help kids bring out these values, while teaching them time management as well.

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Goals Reached Through Hoops

Funds raised at Crossover's 3-on3 tournament benefit the summer academy.

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Helping reach goals by shooting through hoops

WASHINGTON, DC: The 1st Annual Hoops Creating Hope 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, hosted by Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, will be held on April 20th at The George Washington University’s Smith Center here.

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Crossover's President Nominated as Teacher of the Week

"Getting to work with amazing young men and women, each in a single-sex educational setting, who truly want to be engaged both with the material and as children of the world."

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Inaugural Session Draws to an End

Chennai: The inaugural session of 'Hoops creating Hope', an initiative by Boston-based Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, that aims to use sport to create opportunities for the youth and help them in their education pursuits, drew to a close here on Tuesday.

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Promoting Education Through Basketball

Hoops Creating Hope, a basketball-based program of athletics, teambuilding exercises and educational speakers conducted by the Crossover Basketball & Scholars Academy concluded their first session in the city on Tuesday.

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Eric Obeysekere Taking Part In Crossover Basketball & Scholars Academy

Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, with a team consisting of founder Shaun Jayachandran, program coordinator Neha Soneji and Holy Cross senior forward Eric Obeysekere (Orinda, Calif.) are currently in India to host the initial Academy Session in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy to Host First “Hoops Creating Hope” Session

Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy with a team consisting of Shaun Jayachandran, Founder,Neha Soneji, Program Coordinator, and Eric Obeysekere (College of the Holy Cross ‘13) will travel to India to host the initial Academy Session in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India from August 6 - 15, 2012 for approximately 30 - 40 selected area students.

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Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy joins sportanddev

Find out more about an organization using the power of basketball to support education in India.

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In Conversation With Shaun Jayachandran, Crossover Basketball And Scholars Academy

Inspired by a totally unique social enterprise idea of combining hoops with hope, Jayachandran’s Academy has one single objective - of using the game of basketball as a segue to educational achievement.

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