Ambassador Nirupama Rao and Crossover’s Neha Soneji

On Thursday, July 19 Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy had the privilege to attend a reception at Ambassador Nirupama Rao’s (Ambassador of India to the United States) home to honor Congressman Gary Ackerman and wish him a wonderful retirement. He has been a key leader in bridging the relationship between the United States and India by being the ranking Democrat on the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. He was awarded India’s third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan for his contributions as member of the India Caucus in the Congress.

Listening to all of Congressman Ackerman’s achievements, it was apparent that he was instrumental in strengthening the relationship between the United States and India and Crossover hopes to continue to be apart of building that bridge. Taking our philosophy in education in the United States and bringing it to India is only part of how we continue to strive to better both nations. The Congressman has paved the way for us and we hope to only build on what he’s started.

As we use these last few days to prep for our first trip to India, we are reminded that to be apart of something big, one must first start by being apart of something small. We will continue to blog as we get closer and closer to take off, certainly while we’re on the ground making our mission of Hoops Creating Hope a reality, and upon our return to share the lasting memories to come. Stay tuned for more!!

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