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

St. Martin’s Press. Feb. 2021. 304p. ISBN 9781250270863. $28.99. SPORTS
The chance discovery of Work to Ride stables in a local park changed the life of eight-year-old Rosser (b. 1993), who thought he would never be able to escape hardship and poverty. The stables introduced Rosser to the elite sport of polo, and riding brought escape from a difficult childhood in West Philadelphia. This most improbable of refuges led him out of the city and ultimately to groundbreaking international success on the polo field, where he became part of the first all-Black national interscholastic polo championship team. Rosser’s writing debut describes his journey to success without sparing the harsh realities of a rough childhood, his sometimes difficult relationship with his brothers, and learning to navigate and appreciate barn rules. In finding his way, Rosser won scholarships and completed his college education, and he now works as a financial analyst. Recognizing that hope can come from the most unexpected places, the author also encourages a rethinking of expectations and privilege. Polo may have been the gateway to his present life, but Rosser’s heart and determination are the real story.
VERDICT This unusual memoir deserves wide readership and discussion. A highly recommended purchase for all public libraries and sports collections.
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