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Founder and Chief Executive Offic...

Phone: (407) ***-****  
Email: d***@***.org
Athlete Connections Foundation
189 S. Orange Avenue Suite 1850
Orlando , Florida 32801
United States

Company Description: Athlete Connections is dedicated to assisting current and former student-athletes in the transition from athletics to the workforce. As a company comprised of...   more
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Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Bachelor's degree , Communications
    University of Florida
  • degree , Telecommunications
    University of Florida
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Dan Cross, a former UF ...
www.orlandosentinel.com, 19 Mar 2015 [cached]
Dan Cross, a former UF basketball player, founded the Athlete Connections Foundation, which teaches children life skills through sports. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel)
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Dan Cross, a former UF basketball player, founded the Athlete Connections Foundation, which teaches children life skills through sports. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel)
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Dan Cross, a former UF basketball player, founded the Athlete Connections Foundation, which teaches children life skills through sports. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel)
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Dan Cross, a former UF basketball player, founded the Athlete Connections Foundation, which teaches children life skills through sports. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel) (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel)
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Dan Cross was nearly flunking out of high school when he had an epiphany.
"I realized that, 'Hey, I'm good at basketball, but the only way I can play is if I make good grades,'" said Cross, a former Florida basketball standout who played professionally overseas. "It made enough sense to me as an incentive. I was on the honor roll for the next three years."
Cross had a tightknit family and neighborhood to help him with the skills he needed to get on the right track.
Some children don't.
That's why Cross started the Athlete Connections Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching children life skills through sports. The foundation, which was launched seven years ago, fields three Amateur Athletic Union boys basketball teams - for eighth-, ninth- and 11th-graders - that travel around Central Florida and Georgia from March to July.
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"All of our kids and all of our youth are at risk," said Cross, who helped UF reach the 1994 Final Four in Charlotte, N.C. "Something is going on at home, between divorce rates and single mom and single dad and homelessness.
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"Dan said that if we don't make it in basketball, we have other opportunities."
During practice at the Downtown Recreation Complex on Parramore Avenue on Wednesday night, Cross, 41, stopped a scrimmage when three players fighting for the ball fell to the ground and no one helped them.
"Get back down," he told them. "Somebody better come help them up!"
Later, Cross pulled Jelani Moreno, 13, from a drill for "catching an attitude.
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"Someone gave up the time to teach me values, to teach me how to listen, to work well with others," said Cross, who was raised in Illinois. "Someone invested the time in me, so it's my obligation to give back."
Cross recounted the story of one former foundation athlete who had only two class credits his sophomore year of high school. Now, he is in private school and will graduate on time this spring.
Careers for Athletes | Best Careers for Athletes | Athlete Leadership
athleteconnections.com, 5 July 2014 [cached]
Dan Cross, Founder/CEO
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Dan Cross
Dan Cross is a former All American basketball player who attended the University of Florida, and earned a bachelor's degree in Communications. As a member of the first team to ever advance to the Final Four in school history, Dan was inducted into the University of Florida's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2007, Dan was awarded the Regions Bank Business Salute which honors former student-athletes from the South Eastern Conference who go on to run successful businesses. In 2008 he received the SEC Basketball Legends Award and was honored as Orlando Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40 Businessmen". Dan is currently Founder/CEO of Athlete Connections. In addition, he has done color commentary for University of Florida Basketball and directs youth fundamental sports programs in the summer.
While pursuing a dream to play in the NBA, Dan played professionally in the US minor leagues including the CBA, ABA, and USBL. He went on to play in countries such as Greece, Italy, Turkey, Finland, Cyprus, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Israel and many others.
In 2006, after finding a common void in sports around the world, Dan Cross founded Athlete Connections, an organization that is designed to enhance youth sports by providing programs that teach life skills in preparation for life and a career after sports. Our vision is a proven program focused on character development and life skills education. Dan is also contracted through the City of Orlando Family Parks and Recreation to assist in developing youth sports programs.
Athlete Connections: Board Members
www.athleteconnections.org, 14 Mar 2012 [cached]
Daniel Cross - Champion
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Dan Cross Founder/CEO
Best Jobs for Athletes | Jobs for Athletes | Testimonials
athleteconnections.com, 5 July 2014 [cached]
Luckily, that is when I met Dan Cross, Founder and CEO of Athlete Connections. The timing of that 'connection' couldn't have been better. Being a former student athlete himself, he was able to relate to everything I was going through and shared stories about many student athletes who were going through the same transitions.
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T hanks Dan for taking the time to come talk to the players.
That's why former University of ...
www.prnewswire.com, 29 July 2013 [cached]
That's why former University of Florida Hall of Fame basketball player Dan Cross founded Athlete Connections (www.athleteconnections.com), to help student athletes transition to the non-sports professional world.
Cross has chosen public relations firm Insider Media Management (http://www.insidermediamanagement.com/insider-media-profile/) to execute a national media relations campaign. "Insider Media is the perfect fit for us with its impressive track record in sports marketing and media relations, as well as Internet-based businesses," says Cross.
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