Shaun Jayachandran is the founder and president of Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy, a non-profit organization increasing gender equity and education rates in India for underserved marginalized communities while using basketball as the vehicle of change. He is focused on using sport for development and social impact through the lens of gender and education rates. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to the son of an orphan girl from India, his family immigrated to the US while in high school. A TEDx speaker, Shaun is part of the legendary John Wooden’s coaching tree where he has combined the pyramid of success with his ideas and passion towards education, coaching, and opportunity for all into an international nonprofit that has partnered with Teach For India and been endorsed by the WNBA Players Association, SLAM Magazine, and Teach For India.
Crossover has impacted over 2,200 children in India with nearly 60% being young girls. Now a member of the SaaS Tech community in Boston, Shaun had been an administrator, teacher, and coach working in independent schools such as George School, Belmont Hill, Bishop Ireton, and Stone Ridge for twelve years, educating through the prisms of inclusivity and diversity, chemistry, and varsity basketball. He was honoured at the Philadelphia 76ers Indian-American Heritage Night for his work with Crossover, invited to tour the first scaled tuition-free school in the world - Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences - in Odisha, presented a TEDx talk on “Impacting Education Rates Through The Creation of Hope Through Sport”, and led his team within one win of a NEPSAC Championship. Shaun graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in chemistry and Masters from Marymount University in Educational Leadership.
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