Crossing the Line with Kareem Rosser
[Kareem Rosser Photo Credit: Daymar Rosser]
Kareem Rosser, a decorated figure in intercollegiate polo, captain of the first all Black/African American team to win the National Interscholastic Polo Championship, a Ralph Lauren model, and an advocate for the Work to Ride Foundation, discusses his inspiring memoir of defying the odds in Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport that Changed Their Lives Forever.
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Crossing the Line: : A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport the Changed their Lives
"A marvelous addition to the literature of inspirational sports stories." - Booklist
"This remarkable and inspiring story shines." - Publishers Weekly
"An inspiring memoir of defying the odds from Kareem Rosser, captain of the first all-black squad to win the National Interscholastic Polo championship. Crossing the Line will not just leave you with hope, but also ideas on how to make that hope transferable”- New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore
Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Kareem thought he and his siblings would always be stuck in “The Bottom”, a community and neighborhood devastated by poverty and violence. Riding their bicycles through Philly’s Fairmount Park, Kareem’s brothers discover a barn full of horses. Noticing the brothers’ fascination with her misfit animals, Lezlie Hiner, founder of The Work to Ride stables, offers them their escape: an after school job in exchange for riding lessons.
What starts as an accidental discovery turns into a love for horseback riding that leads the Rossers to discovering their passion for polo. Pursuing the sport with determination and discipline, Kareem earns his place among the typically exclusive players in college, becoming part of the first all-Black national interscholastic polo championship team―all while struggling to keep his family together.
Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever is the story of bonds of brotherhood, family loyalty, the transformative connection between man and horse, and forging a better future that comes from overcoming impossible odds.
About Kareem Rosser
Kareem Rosser is a highly decorated figure in intercollegiate polo and captained the Work to Ride team, the first-ever Black/African American polo team to the National Interscholastic Championship. He was named the Polo Training Foundations Polo Player of the Year and the Intercollegiate Plater of the Year when he brought the Colorado State University’s polo team to the National Intercollegiate Championship in 2015. He has also been invited to play on Nacho Figueras’ famed BlackWatch team. Rosser graduated from Colorado State University and has since returned home to Philadelphia and works in finance. Rosser is a board member of the Work to Ride Foundation and uses his finance background to ensure that the foundation that he credits with changing his life continues to have a positive impact on the area.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm