Founded by Shira Ackerman & Mathis Crowder in 2011, Creating Young Minds Academy is using basketball to help change young mens' lives and learn valuable lessons.

 

Creating Young Minds is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit organization located in Lewisville, Texas. CYM 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 primary objective is to teach young men how to have a purpose in life, how to humble themselves, work hard, and have good character.

 
 

Our Vision

The young men living in our communities will gain a broader appreciation for self and others, education, and athletics through basketball, school, support and guidance.

Our Mission

We focus on teaching young men about the importance of education, hard work and being humble in all aspects of life.

 

Board of Directors

Creating Young Minds is governed by a group of individuals dedicated to achieving its forward looking vision and grounded mission. Each member volunteers their time, resources and expertise to support the program.  

 
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Dr. Shira Ackerman | Mathis Crowder
Executive Director & Secretary | President & Director of Player Development

    Coach Crowder, the co-founder of CYM, specializes in maximizing players potential physically, and mentally on the court. His advanced training techniques have helped many CYM alumni go from overlooked recruit to bonafide college and Professional athlete.

     Dr. Ackerman, the co-founder of CYM, is responsible for the academic side of CYM helping ensure the program's players not only graduate but excel in the classroom. She uses her expertise gained from her PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University to help the young men in the program to mature off the court. 

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Charley Brown
Director of Program Development & Fundraising

    Charley has had a successful career in business and is a basketball enthusiast. As a forward on Cornell University's basketball team in the early 80s he had a successful career on the court. His basketball career continues even today wherever he can find a game. He helps coach and provides valuable experience to the CYM team.

Academics

All student-athletes are required to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA while in the program. 

"Our desired result is for the young men to become responsible, educated, successful adults fully willing and capable of helping many others." - Dr. Ackerman

Winfree Academy Charter School, Lewisville Campus, is the current home for high school players. Winfree is a Texas Accredited School. 


Priorities

CYM 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.

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.


Gratitude

'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. 

- CYM Board of Directors

Creating Young Minds

LEWISVILLE, TEXAS, 75067
UNITED STATES

 
 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the program feel free to reach out to us using this form.

Or you can use one of the following methods to reach out to us: 

Email: creatingyoungminds@gmail.com

Phone: +1.2067141474

 

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