By Lauren Ball

Twenty one more days until I board a plane to Boston, where my adventure with Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy begins. I first heard about this organization in August of 2013 after I had just returned from studying abroad in northern India. When Crossover teammate Maggie Brown explained to me how this organization uses the game that we love and the values and skills that go along with it to help the communities in a place that I had just so recently come to care about dearly, I knew I had to find a way to be a part of this organization. I am thrilled that the beginning of our journey to Chennai is finally approaching and can’t wait to meet the educators and children that will be apart of our events this year.

As we plan the first Crossover Sport in Education Conference set for July 12, it has been inspiring to see so many different people and organizations from all over come together in a great effort to make this a successful and impactful event. This conference will be a great opportunity to collaborate with the local educators in Chennai to further extend the positive impact Crossover can have on the community. I am excited for this opportunity for our mission to begin to take hold in the community and continue to foster even after we must return to the U.S. I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this organization and I can’t wait to see what adventures we have in store this summer in Chennai!

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