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Creating Young Minds is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit organization located in Irving, Texas. Creating Young Minds awards partial scholarships based on Character and Education for attendance at Creating Young Minds Academy, which includes a Prep basketball team and an AAU basketball team under the same name – CYM. Creating Young Minds Academy is a year-round basketball program with an emphasis on Education, Character, and Responsibility. 

Creating Young Minds was created to help young men achieve success in life that otherwise would be unavailable to them. We focus on teaching, grooming, and developing young athletes into young men. The objective is to teach these young men how to have a purpose in life, how to humble themselves, work hard, and have good character. The first priority is the academic success of each athlete, the second priority is the development of self, and the third priority is the basketball skill development. Our desired result is for the young men to become responsible, educated, successful adults fully willing and capable of helping many others. We have found that basketball is a very productive tool for reaching young men and teaching them these principles. If Athletes and/or Families fail to follow the guidelines and structure of the program, the athlete will be removed from the program at the discretion of the program directors.
Winfree Academy Charter School, Irving Campus, is the current home for high school players. Winfree is a Texas Accredited School.
Elite Language Institute, Carrollton Campus, is the current home for international players.
Elite Language Institute is accredited by ACCET.
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Contact Information:

Coach Mathis Crowder: 206-714-1474
Dr. Shira Ackerman: 201-923-9039


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All student-athletes are required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA while in the program. 
It takes a village to raise a child​ 
As you will see, this program is not about one person; it is about us coming together as a community to help young men become something great.  
We do this because we were called to do this. 
We want to thank all the individuals who continue to give their time and hearts to the program. 
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so  long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
-Helen Keller
"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. 
Don't complain"
-Maya Angelou
"Life isn't about finding yourself. 
Life is about creating yourself."
-George Bernard Shaw
"Good players will BUY IN. 
Great players are LOCKED IN. Championship level players are ALL IN."
"The people you let into your 
"I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters, to create many ripples."
-Mother Teresa
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. 
Most people exist, that is all."
-Oscar Wilde
"Good is not good when better is expected."
-Vin Scully
"Your biggest opponent isn't the other guy. It's human nature."
-Bobby Knight
Mitar Stanojevic signs with the Univ of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) NCAA Division I
Kareem Moussa commits to Delaware State Univ (DSU) NCAA Division I
Mrdjan Gasevic 
Delaware State University Class of 2017
Academic Excellence Award
Financial Executives International
Ezekiel Lacey (Salutatorian) & James Glenn Graduate Winfree Academy Charter School Class of 2016
James Glenn commits to Jackson State University (JSU) NCAA Division I