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Mission Statement

Mission Statement:
To spread the life-changing word of Christ into our community, reaching out to young men and their families through athletics, tutoring, and character-building opportunities. To provide a "gang" of Christian brothers with whom to walk through life. To teach young men how to use the tools with which they have been blessed to build and glorify the kingdom of God.

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Who we are:

Power Cross is a Christian Athletic Outreach organization in Statesville, NC.

We feel God has lead us to reach out to all young men in our area and help them to have the opportunity to develop as young athletes and Christians. We base our ministry on two main scriptures from the Bible. The first is, "Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older they will remain upon it." Proverbs 22:6

Research shows that most of the young men who are involved in gangs have the desire to be a part of a group. They feel the desire to belong to something. With Power Cross we hope to offer them an alternative to the gangs and trouble that they find on the streets. We work with young men from many different economic backgrounds and home life's. We know that peer pressure can be just as effective with positive influence. If you have a strong foundation of Christian friends to lift you up in down times, help guide your path in rough times, and push you and encourage you along the way we believe that the pressure to make the right choice for your life can out weigh the pressure to go the wrong way. We hope to form a band of Christian brothers to walk through the battlefields of life together.

The Two Foundations
"Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn't collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn't act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the wind blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. and its collapse was great!"

Our goal is to see our organization improve the lives of the boys involved, and for their improvement to flow over into their homes and communities. We teach young men faith based values of leadership, teamwork, humbleness, accountability, work ethic, and respect through athletics and devotions. We want these young men to have the ability to see both their academic and athletic aspirations become a reality in their future.

We know that God has lead us to try and impact the lives of our youth. We hope that one day the lessons and values they learned in their time with us with help them to make a better decision to walk away from a situation that could lead them down the wrong road. We pray that we will see all of these young men grow into wonderful Christian leaders, businessmen, fathers, and husbands. We hope to teach them how to use the tools they have been blessed with, to build the kingdom of God.





How we started:
Jeff Storment had family members who struggled with drugs, alcohol and anger. The effects were destructive for Jeff , leading him into a life of similar behavior. After turning his back from God for years, and experiencing some very difficult times and becoming a father himself Jeff chose to dedicate his life to Jesus Christ. Jeff began making major changes in his life. Through later coaching his son's basketball team, Jeff realized many other boys were not receiving the same opportunity to play sports as his son was. Jeff learned they did not have the funding, transportation, equipment or encouragement to compete and that their experiences were not unlike his own had been as a child. During his experience coaching his son T.J. in football and basketball he saw the need for a father figure in most of T.J.'s friends lives. Jeff was able to relate to many of the boys, because he also did not have a stable father figure in his childhood. Although Jeff's dad was present, his long work hours and alcoholic lifestyle left a permanent hole in Jeff's heart. Burdened with the knowledge that these young men needed much more than a ride to practice, Jeff and Natalie Storment founded the Power Cross organization in 2006 as a small Bible study group consisting of the Storment's son T.J. and four of his friends. Each week, there would be another boy waiting in the pick-up line to see if he could come to Power Cross too.
The Bible tells us, " I can do all things through Christ, he who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13. We know it is through the power of Jesus that Jeff is now a positive male role model to over 130 boys in his community. Power Cross began as a small Bible study group with Jeff's son T.J. and a few of his friends who needed a little guidance. Today Power Cross has reached out to an entire community. Power Cross is touching lives that they never could have imagined...

One Father from prison writes:

"To Brother Jeff, and Sister Natalie, I just want to thank you for all that you have done for me and my son. I prayed for a long time believing that God would send someone special as you are to be a blessing in my son's life. He promised me that my son would be taken care of, but He didn't tell me how blessed I would be to have you two. My heart will never forget yall all the days of my life for being a mother and a father to my son when we both needed you the most..."

If your church or group would like to hear Jeff's complete testimony and the Power Cross story, please feel free to contact them.



Project Purpose:
The greatest opportunity Power Cross has is to reach out to more boys in our community. At 120 young men, we are just touching the surface of the need that exists. More than 70% of our boys have a parent either in prison, dead, or completely absent from their life. Time and again, God has sent us the young men with whom we need to be working. Our greatest challenge as a non-profit is to secure the funding necessary to allow the program to grow and develop and provide services for the boys we currently serve and those we wish to serve.
The activities we are offering also have a tremendous impact on the community. Through participation in the Power Cross program we will be providing 120 young men with positive activities that will instill in them a solid work ethic and discipline. We will be giving them an activity that will keep them off the streets and provide a path to a different future than the one previously laid out in front of them. We will offer these boys guidance and love to help shape them into productive young men who can positively influence those around them by making better decisions. During football season, people from all around the Southside community came to watch and cheer the boys on at practices held at Alex Cooper Park. We gave the community, not just the players, something to of which to be proud, giving them a successful team of which they felt a part. Because our practices are so disciplined, boys learn to respect authority and develop self-control to allow them to respond to authority more positively. According to national statistics, one in three males will go to prison and the drop-out rate of African-American males is 60%. Sadly, 98% of all African-American homicide victims were killed by another African-American. To incarcerate a prisoner costs the state of NC $26,000 per year; whereas, to educate that same person in the school system, the state pays only $7,000. As you can see, the odds are against African-American males, and our criteria for success is to defy the odds and defy the statistics by keeping our boys off the streets and on the playing fields with positive role models. It is important to us that the boys learn accountability to show up for practice and games regularly, knowing their teammates are counting on them. We succeed when the discipline we instill in our players at practice shines through on the playing fields and in their day-to-day life. Practice hard, pray harder is our motto, and when we step onto the field we play to win. More importantly, however, we want the boys to understand that when they step onto the field of life, they will find it full of obstacles. With the training they receive from Power Cross, we feel certain they will be equipped with the knowledge they need to overcome any hurdle they may face. You will see Proverbs 22:6 on many of our shirts as we believe it to be the foundation of successful parenting/mentoring. It says, "Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older they will remain upon it." Through this teaching, we hope to see these young men grow up into upstanding men who will mentor the next generation.

How we reach out:

Mission Statement:
To spread the life-changing word of Christ into our community, reaching out to young men and their families through athletics, tutoring, and character-building opportunities. To provide a "gang" of Christian brothers with whom to walk through life. To teach young men how to use the tools with which they have been blessed to build and glorify the kingdom of God.

Power Cross' goals are: to provide "at risk" and underprivileged young men an opportunity to play in competitive leagues and develop their athletic abilities; to teach accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, goal planning and discipline; to provide opportunity for our young men to grow spiritually, academically, personally and athletically; to instill the desire to achieve goals both on and off the field that will allow them to become productive, contributing members of society; to provide a group of friends with shared values and foundations built upon the "Rock" that will allow them to get through life together making good decisions for their futures; and to ensure broader life experiences beyond Statesville's boundaries so they learn to appreciate what it means to live as a part of the larger world community. Our future goals include: to add more young men and offering them the opportunity to play sports and receive personal instruction in each sports discipline; and to provide young men with the equipment needed for success on and off the field. In the future, we hope to build a permanent facility that would be an all-inclusive athletic league play, training, recreation, and academic tutoring facility for generations to come.

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http://www.powercross.org

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