About Crossover Youth Basketball

Crossover offers a variety of programs that reach at-risk young people in 4th - 12th grade. Phase I takes hundreds of students from area schools through a 12-week season each spring, concentrating on the development of confidence, character, responsibility and faith. Phase II works with a select group of teens who play on an AAU traveling team at local, state and national tournaments. Coaches for each phase are trained and encouraged to build mentoring relationships with players that create a platform to share life skills.

Crossover also offers the Crossover Club for students who wish to grow in their faith. Through studies on different topics and volunteer opportunities, the club helps take young people to the "next level" in their faith and service.

The Crossover After-School Program works with middle school students, giving them a safe place to go after school. Coaches on staff teach them about sports and life skills. Through recreational activities, small group discussions and mentoring by the Crossover staff, students are encouraged and challenged to grow academically, emotionally and socially.

The Dream of Crossover

written by Omar Turner, Director of Crossover Youth Basketball

The dream of Crossover began in 1989 when I had the opportunity to meet and befriend some of the youth in my own neighborhood by playing the game of basketball. Soon after, I began working with a local junior high school, providing them with an after-school program in which the youth played games and participated in small group discussions.

In 1995, I came on staff with Youth for Christ. Together we established an after-school program in a local high school as well. The school administrators quickly saw the value of adult men and women building friendships with the youth and encouraging them to make positive choices.

Through the commitment, prayer and sacrifices of many Christian men and women, Crossover Youth Basketball launched in May of 2000.

2005 is another milestone in the growth of Crossover Youth Basketball: Phase II. Phase II consists of creating competitive AAU traveling teams, an addition to the recreational leagues that started in 2000. Phase II gives the youth an opportunity to play against other AAU teams in the region and potentially across the nation.

Crossover Youth Basketball is about making changes: changes in attitude, in behavior and in commitment. Our outcomes clearly articulate the vision in which we desire to see young people develop: Character, Confidence, Responsibility and Faith.

Thank you for getting involved in Crossover Youth Basketball.