The POwer Cross STORY
Power Cross began in 2005 with four boys in a living room, invited together for a Bible study, dinner, and a football game in the yard. That first week there were four boys, the next there were eight, and within a few months, over thirty boys were taking part. Today, Power Cross trains and disciples over 350 young men each day across two locations in Statesville and Salisbury, North Carolina.
Since we’ve begun, our Power Cross family of staff and volunteers has served over 115,000 free meals, given over 5,000 hours of academic support, and cheered on and coached hundreds of young men in countless games and practices.
The Power Cross MISSION
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 which they have been blessed with to build and glorify the kingdom of God.
We live out our mission through programs designed to attract and shape the lives of young men in our communities.
Daily Discipleship and Weekly Group Bible Study
Athletic Teams in Basketball, Flag Football, Baseball, Wrestling, and Tackle Football
Transportation to and from Athletic Practices and Games
Bible Study and Discipleship Training
One-on-one Athletic Skills Development
Speed and Agility Training
Athletic Sports Development Camps
Entry Fee Sponsorship
Free Meals Each Day
Positive Role Models
College Planning and Visits
College Athletic Recruiting Support
Our Founders: Jeff & Natalie Storment
We are an example of how God chooses ordinary people to be His hands and feet. The impact that Power Cross makes each day is only possible through an unwavering faith and a belief that “He who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Jesus returns.” (Phillipians 1:6)
God has blessed Power Cross, and our family, with the opportunity to impact hundreds of young men who God has placed in our path. The days aren’t easy, and the hours are long, but watching young men cross the stage in a cap and gown, step foot onto a college playing field and kneel at the altar of Christ, is the greatest reward.
We can’t wait to see the greater things God has next for Power Cross.
The Challenge AND OUR OPPORTUNITY
Power Cross is focused on a providing young men positive role models and a vision for what their lives can be. We work with young men across different economic backgrounds and home lives and believe that athletics and discipleship have the ability to bridge the social and economic gaps we see in our communities. We believe that each young person deserve the same opportunity to excel using the abilities they have been blessed with, which is why Power Cross is 100% free to all participants. When you are on the playing field, it should be level.
90% of Power Cross participants live in Single Parent Homes or are being raised by relatives
$10 Billion Dollars a year goes to single moms on public assistance because child’s father is absent or incarcerated.
70% of all Federal prison inmates grew up in fatherless homes.
85% of all juveniles in prison are from fatherless homes.
Gang activity is on the rise in the communities we serve.
Young men who are a part of Power Cross for at least 2 years graduate from high school 100% of the time, nearly twice the national average (edweek.org).
70% of Power Cross participants go on to enroll in college or vocational training for post secondary education.
To date, Power Cross Alumni have received nearly $8,000,000.00 in college education through athletic & academic scholarships and merit-based financial assistance.