04-14-2017
In Africa, India & the Caribbean, organizations use basketball for development and peace
In Africa, India and throughout the Caribbean, basketball is a popular tool used to educate individuals, empower entire communities, and offer peaceful and engaging programming where conflict may exist…… Read more …

03-28-2017
Phillips Academy Student Athletes to Coach Basketball, Mentor Children in India
The regular season is over for the Phillips Academy boys and girls basketball teams but some of the players are getting ready for another one in India….. Read more …

02-23-2017
I M BOSTON: From Hoops to Hope
We all get our drive and passion from someone or something that has touched our lives. A great example of this is the founder of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, Shaun Jayachandran….. Read more …

02-16-2017
EXCLUSIVE: Meet two of the first American Desi women ever to play College Basketball
Meet Crossover Volunteer Shilpa Tummala and Shayna Mehta, Indian-American women that are not just grade A students, but NCAA Division 1 basketball players as well at Harvard and Brown respectively…. Read more …

01-21-2017
Catching Up With Former Maryland Guard and Fan Favorite Varun Ram
The first time Shaun Jayachandran reached out to Varun Ram about volunteering at “Hoops Creating Hope”… Read more …

01-18-2016
For Indian American Heritage Night at Philadelphia: 76ers Honour Indian Community for Second Consecutive Year
Going back to the 2014-15 season, the Philadelphia 76ers’ confounding ‘process’ has handed them one of the worst stretches in NBA history… Read more …

02-18-2016
For NBA teams, India was January’s Flavour of the Month
Before the game, the Indian community and the 76ers honoured Indian Americans in Sports at the Wells Fargo Center, notably, Kevin Negandhi, an anchor for ESPN SportsCenter in the USA and Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy… Read more …

03-04-2015
Philadelphia 76ers to hold Indian American Heritage Night on March 7 vs Hawks
Another bit of good news is that our friends from Crossover Basketball and Scholar’s Academy – who have been holding annual ‘Hoops Creating Hope’ programme in Chennai for several years – have also been invited to attend the event/game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. … Read more …

03-09-2015
Harvard Basketball Player Shilpa Tummala on Perseverance, Culture, and Giving Back to the Community
ESPN Anchor Kevin Neghandi, Crossover Founder Shaun Jayachandran, and Shilpa Tummala being honored at the 2nd Annual Indian-American Night with the Philadelphia 76ers. … Read more …

08-03-2015
Giving Wings, Finding Roots
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. Read more …


08-03-2015

Crossover Basketball & Scholars Academy- Creating Hope Through Hoops
Every summer, the American International School in Chennai plays host to a unique basketball training camp. Read more …

08-01-2015

Making a Difference Through Student Athletics
Winchendon helped bring hope and inspiration to children in India this summer with the Crossover Basketball and Scholars Foundation. Read more …

07-29-2015
Ram to the Rescue
One summer after Ram competed in the Caribbean, he was shooting hoops in Chennai where his parents emigrated from in 1988…. Read more …

07-18-2015

Using basketball to push education levels in Chennai – Crossover Academy
Shaun Jayachandran, an educator who also coaches basketball in the US observed the sports’ development in India and its relation to the low graduation rates of students (under 10%). Read more …

07-17-2015

Mathew, Shastri Teach Hoops, Education in India
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 …

06-25-2015

At basketball camp in India, Maryland’s Varun Ram lends a helping hand
Nearly 500 children are expected to attend an after-school basketball camp in Chennai, India, over the next two weeks, and most have likely never heard of Varun Ram. Read more …

06-24-2015

Ram Returns to India for Hoops Creating Hope
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. Read more …

06-10-2015

Shooting Hoops with Shaun
Indiaspora radio discusses with Shaun Jayachandran about Crossover. Read more …

03-20-2015

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. Read more …

02-16-2015

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. Read more …

11-25-2014

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. Read more …

09-14-2014

Crossover Founder Shares his Experiences with Dream About Sports
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 …

08-26-2014

Clarksville-native Ram takes basketball knowledge to India
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 …

07-14-2014

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. Read more …

07-10-2014

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. Read more …

07-09-2014

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. Read more …

06-01-2014

Keeping Them in the Loop
US-based teacher Shaun Jayachandran returns to Chennai every year, to conduct free basketball camps for underprivileged children. Read more …

05-17-2014

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. Read more …

04-16-2014

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. Read more …

02-28-2014

The Power of Basketball
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 …

02-25-2014

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. Read more …

11-03-2013

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. Read more …

10-03-2013

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. Read more …

07-17-2013

Two Pike Students Bring Sneakers, Hope to India
The boys helped out an organization that empowers kids through academics and athletics. Read more …

07-11-2013

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. Read more …

05-05-2013

Goals Reached Through Hoops
Funds raised at Crossover’s 3-on3 tournament benefit the summer academy. Read more …
“My favorite part of camp was the teachers. They taught us if we need to achieve something we need to work hard.” Jessica

2013 Crossover Participant

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