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Employment History

Founder and Chief Executive Officer At Athlete Connections Foundation
Multiple Companies

Basketball Player
University of Florida

All American Basketball Player
USF Training Center

Affiliations

Founder
Ning Inc

Founder
Athlete Connections Foundation

Education

Bachelor's degree
Communications
University of Florida

degree
Telecommunications
University of Florida

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Athletic Connections Foundation’s 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic ‹ Central Florida Gator Club

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Athlete Connections Foundation, a local not-for-profit organization founded by former University of Florida basketball player Dan Cross, will be hosting its Fifth Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Saturday, June 8th at Disney's Osprey Ridge Golf Course.


News ‹ Central Florida Gator Club

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Athlete Connections Foundation, a local not-for-profit organization founded by former University of Florida basketball player Dan Cross, will be hosting its Fifth Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Saturday, June 8th at Disney's Osprey Ridge Golf...


This year the Central Florida Gator ...

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This year the Central Florida Gator Club is going to give our time to the Athlete Connections Foundation, a charity aimed at using sports to teach youth life skills run by former Florida Gators All SEC point guard Dan Cross.


Dan Cross, a former UF ...

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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)
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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.


Pair of Gators hosting youth hoops camps - Corey Brewer

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Former UF guard Dan Cross brings his 7th annual All Fundamentals Gainesville Development Camp to the Florida gymnasium Wednesday-Aug. 6.

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