The Syracuse Orange will be featured in ESPN’s upcoming 30 for 30 film “Crossroads,” which airs tonight at 9 PM on ESPN. The 77 minute documentary follows Charlotte Secondary School’s lacrosse team, made up of nearly all African Americans that have never seen a lacrosse stick before, and how they used sports to get away from their troubled past. One of their former players, Xavier Hare, is now a junior at Division II Catawba College playing lacrosse.
At one point, the team and film crew traveled to Syracuse to visit the men’s lacrosse team. This happened back in 2017, a day before the Orange took on the Siena Saints.
A few years ago, we had the pleasure of hosting some of the inspiring players from the Charlotte Secondary Lacrosse team.— Syracuse Lacrosse (@CuseMLAX) August 23, 2018
Check out their amazing story in #Crossroads, a documentary from ESPN Films, tonight at 9 p.m. ET on @ESPN pic.twitter.com/pKA7kKF7WG
Happy to welcome Charlotte Secondary School lacrosse and their documentary film crew to practice today. pic.twitter.com/xKEagGlZ9Z— Syracuse Lacrosse (@CuseMLAX) February 10, 2017
Head coach John Desko introduced the players and head coach Bobby Selkin to the entire team after their walk-through practice before members of the Orange spent time to talk to the Charlotte Secondary players about life and lacrosse.
As a member of the Orange for four years, it was a fun experience talking to some of the guys about lacrosse and seeing the entire campus. If my memories are correct, they also watched the Orange take on Siena the following afternoon.
The documentary, directed by Ron Yassen and executive produced by Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul, has been screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, as well as the Nashville Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival and San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. If you miss tonight’s airing, you can check it out on ESPN+ beginning tomorrow.
Here’s a trailer of the film.