The primary goal of Crossover Mission, Inc. is to support Indian River County’s at-risk and under-resourced youth with athletic training, academic tutoring, and personal mentoring, so they may reach their full potential and live successful and productive adult lives.

The Crossover program has a two-pronged approach. The first prong is the Crossover Basketball training program aimed at making the sport available to those who would otherwise be disqualified due to financial hardship, academic restrictions, or other family limitations. The second prong is the Academic Mentoring Program (AMP), an on-going tutoring program where student players’ academic performance is monitored weekly and tutoring is provided. 

The need is great but our force of many is powerful and good. If you would like to be involved, please contact us today!  

Volunteer Contact Person:

Michelle Willis, Training Facilitator

(772) 563-9457 or (772) 538-8050


Current Programs & Projects

During the school year, the Crossover schedule emphasizes academics and athletics. Student players are engaged every day with these two components. During the summer, although we maintain athletic training and academic efforts, we shift gears and focus more heavily on mentoring and life exposure. We provide experiences that can shape the student players' vision about what is possible in their own education and careers. 

Year-round Basketball Training, Monthly Games and Competitive AAU Teams: The Crossover basketball-training program conducts practices at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) and the Gifford and Storm Grove Middle Schools. This training provides the foundations of discipline, teamwork, confidence, and respect.  The coaches interact with the families to promote awareness of the program and solicit family interaction and support.  To achieve structure in year-round athletic activities and training in basketball fundamentals and fitness, practices are conducted five times a week. Tournaments are held one Saturday per month. Large tournaments are held twice per year. This year, in efforts to increase the level of outside competition, Crossover is forming elementary, middle and high school travel AAU teams.  All student players are held accountable and are eligible to participate only when academic requirements are fulfilled. 

Year-round Academic Mentoring Program (AMP): Student players’ academic support and mentoring and in-school advocacy are determined and provided at the Crossover Center on an individual needs basis throughout the school year.  One-on-one tutoring hours are provided four days a week after school by staff and a host of volunteers at the Crossover Center. Any student player who does not maintain a “C” or higher average in all classes or who is failing any one class must attend weekly tutoring and work toward improvement to be eligible to participate in practices or games.  

Elite Fitness Training: This is a program of training for Crossover middle and high school student players who commit to a fitness boot camp during the summer in efforts to raise athletic performance, speed, strength, endurance, and agility in preparation for athletic participation in the coming school year. Fitness levels are tested before and after the program to record improvement.

Course Recovery Tutoring: Crossover is in direct collaboration with Gifford and Storm Grove Middle Schools, providing one-on-one support in Course Recovery so Crossover student players and non-Crossover students may pass the grade and minimize the dropout risk.  

Science for Shoes: This program introduces student players to an appropriate work ethic and the understanding of the delayed gratification that is required to work hard and earn something desirable. It motivates our student players to gain and take responsibility, while also broadening their science foundation and social skills, such as bullying, respecting diversity, and teamwork. Upon completion of each unit, which includes passing a comprehensive test, the student player not only gains helpful knowledge but also earns credits to be used towards the purchase of individually chosen and customized basketball shoes.

Student Advocacy: Crossover Mission, together with parents/guardians, advocates within the school system on behalf of Crossover’s student players with educational challenges. This advocacy and assistance to the student players and families enables the students to take advantage of programs within the public-school system that are created to assist such students, but are out of reach of these particular children due to parent/guardian limitations in navigating school systems and bureaucracies.

Summer Mentoring Program: In order for our Crossover student players to compete in the wider world, they need experience, skills, and exposure to the world beyond their local community that would not otherwise be available. This program has the specific goal of providing transformative life experiences that can impact student players’ view for the possibilities in life through exposure to, and experience in, the broader community of Indian River County and beyond. The program strives to change student players’ summers from a period of idleness to purpose-driven experience, from present-oriented thinking to future-driven aspirations by inspiring skill development and dream building that will shape their approach to educational and athletic efforts. 

The Summer Program offers the opportunity for student players to attend and reflect upon:

·      Field trips

·      University visits and college level basketball training camps 

·      Scholarships for local academic, artistic, and athletic camps

·      Dining & tours of restaurants

·      Swimming

·      Opportunities for athletic training (other than basketball) 

·      Summer Reading and Youth Group Activities 

With this continued support and guidance through the summer, Crossover student players have fun while learning and enjoying time off from the rigors of the academic year. 

Crossover Academy Prep: Within the population of Crossover student players, Crossover management has identified a population of high risk student players, approximately 20%, who continue to perform below a 2.0 GPA despite weekly tutoring, who score low on standardized tests (between 1-2 on FSA) and continue to exhibit disruptive behavior in school. The Crossover staff works with parents and student players to develop a strategic plan for the year, focusing on the long-term view. Programs include intensive mentoring and extended tutoring hours from 3-25 additional hours/week. 

Crossover Academy Pro: This program consists of eight powerful video-based courses for 13 thru 18-year-old student players to build capacity for success.  Student players work on the courses one-on-one with a mentor. Courses have the following objectives: 

·      Identify and build purpose in life

·      Unleash the power of the brain

·      Discover and use brain smart techniques

·      Learn the seven habits of highly effective teens

·      Understand how the Internet really works

·      Master smart rules for good writing

·      Examine options for college

·      Improve basketball skills with drills from the pros 

·      Explore the beauty and expanse of the universe

·      Learn how to type professionally

Crossover Academy Junior: This program features the “Points for Pedals Program” in collaboration with Bike Walk IRC. Crossover has developed six courses for student players ages 9 to12 to earn a bicycle.  These courses are designed to help student players:

·      Develop a growth mindset

·      Learn how intelligence is increased

·      Understand and apply close reading skills

·      Prepare for adolescence

·      Learn about the great composers and their musical achievements

·      Learn about famous scientists and inventors and their contributions to the world

·      Explore art forms and artistic styles

Test Prep Courses:  Crossover management has identified the need for help in preparing high school participants for FSA/EOC testing.  90% of student players in Crossover cannot pass standardized tests that are required for high school graduation.  With assistance from the School District of IRC, Crossover has organized test prep courses for reading and math for high school student players. The initial pilot for this program was completed in August 2017. Five of the sixteen Crossover ninth through eleventh grade student players who participated in the Crossover Test Prep course passed the SAT Reading section and fulfilled their reading requirement for graduation!