Express News Service
How fantastic would it be to turn your hobby into a job, especially one that has a big impact on the lives of others? By joining Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, 20-year-old Shane Leander Roy did just that. This student of the Madras Christian College has a penchant for basketball and helps young children learn important life skills through play.
Crossover has five pillars – leadership, character, teamwork, gender equality and communication. Every day Shane chooses a quality to focus on.
He explains: “Take, for example, leadership. Every day, before I delve into the basics of basketball, I conduct classes in the classroom where I talk about leadership and conduct classes on it. We then move on to the court, where the only focus is on leadership, ”he says, adding,“ The goal is to help them stand out from the pack and the society in which they live. It will show them a world of possibilities. “
Shane works with 80 children who are divided into two groups of 40 people with whom he meets alternately during the day. Most low-income school children live difficult lives.
At a height of 6.2 feet, one would have thought that basketball would be Shane’s first choice, but it actually took a while before he found his calling. Shane, who was raised in Chennai, has always loved being outdoors and trying his hand at various sports. But with the tragic death of his father, life turned ugly.
“The walls have collapsed. I was just a kid, for me it didn’t make sense. The landlady evicted us, and I didn’t know what my mother was going through, ”Shane says. But it prompted him to do something with his life.
In grade XI, he went down to the basketball court and threw a few hoops, and most of them fell. “No one taught me to make the perfect hit. I also never watched basketball on TV. I guess it was innate. The director of my kindergarten invited me to try basketball because of my height, and it made sense to me. That’s when my journey began, ”says Shane.
When he joined Crossover, at first it was for the money. “In college, my friend George and I wanted to play, and money was a problem. Then last summer I went back to Crossover. Sean Jayachandran, the founder, asked me if I wanted to work part-time for them. What are the chances that I will be able to do what I enjoy, which implies an impact on the lives of children. I couldn’t say no, Shane exclaims.
Two years have passed, and it’s not about money. It’s the joy he sees on children’s faces when he goes to school every day.