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Creating Young Minds is a nonprofit organization located in Irving, TX. Our focus is to groom and develop young athletes into young men. Creating Young Minds Academy is a year-round basketball program, which includes a Prep Basketball team and an AAU Basketball team under the same name - CYM. The first priority of the Academy is the Academic Success of each athlete. The basketball program is an elite, strenuous, and full-time program which incorporates high level training, practices, workouts and requires dedication, commitment, passion, respect, and character from every athlete and family. 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.
Interested in our Program?

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 
Check out
Cornell University's
announcement for
Kyle Brown's signing: 
Dominique Brooks signs with 
The University of the Fraser Valley (CIS Division I)
February 14th, 2014
Creating Young Minds
is supported by:
Austin Weiher signs with Southern Illinois University (NCAA Division I)
April 16th, 2014
D'Juan Miller signs with 
The University of Illinois at Chicago
(NCAA Division I)
April 16th, 2014
Check out
University of Illinois at Chicago's 
announcement for 
D'Juan Miller's signing:
Creating Young Minds Elite Summer Classic

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
NCAA Certified Event
Marquis Perry signs with
Bacone College
(NAIA Division I)
July 19th, 2014
Jordan Varner signs with
Bacone College
(NAIA Division I)
July 19th, 2014
Check out Bacone College's announcement for Jordan Varner and Marquis Perry's Signing: