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Crossing the Line

A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever

Kareem Rosser

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 1250837162
ISBN13: 9781250837165

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304 Pages



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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 a story of the bonds of brotherhood, family loyalty, the transformative connection between man and horse, and forging a better future from impossible odds.


Praise for Crossing the Line

"Vulnerability is exactly what gives Crossing the Line its strength; Rosser not holding anything back is the key quality that makes this first-time author’s words worth your time . . . if anybody should be considered the face of American polo, it’s Kareem Rosser."InsideHook

“Of all the stories around Polo that I have experienced in my career, this is by far the most inspiring."—Nacho Figueras

"Crossing the Line is truly a special book. It will not just leave you with hope, but also ideas on how to make that hope transferable. Kareem's remarkable story is one that should be read and understood by all.”—Wes Moore, Rhodes Scholar, Former White House Fellow, and New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore

"[A] poetically spun tale of championship . . . Rosser's aspirational tale, though full of sorrow and hardship, is one that readers will cheer."Kirkus Reviews

"A marvelous addition to the literature of inspirational sports stories. It's an occasionally heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting coming-of-age story about the bonds of brotherhood and the unique healing powers capable of being generated between humans and horses."Booklist (starred review)

"This remarkable and inspiring story shines."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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It always started at a low rumble, drifting through our bedroom wall.

I would pull my pillow (if I was lucky enough to have one that night; otherwise, my coat or whatever else I happened to be sleeping on) up...

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About the author

Kareem Rosser

Kareem Rosser is from Philadelphia, PA. He received a BA in economics from Colorado State University (CSU). While at CSU, he led his collegiate polo team to a national polo championship. At the same time, he was honored as the Intercollegiate polo player of the year. After graduation, Kareem began working as a financial analyst at an asset management firm. Also, he serves as the Executive Director of a non-profit fundraising arm called Friends of Work to Ride.

Daymar Rosser