Basketball Training, Academic Tutoring & Mentoring

Basketball

The Crossover basketball training program consists of weekly scheduled training and games/tournaments. Crossover Mission draws participants from elementary, middle school and high school. Training and games are year-round and our commitment to our students/players is long-term and continual. 

Crossover Cubs
(Elementary & Middle School): 

Monday and Wednesday from 6-7pm

Crossover Lions
(High School):

Tuesday & Thursday from 5-7pm

Open Gym for all students: 
Sunday from 3-5 at Gifford Middle School. 

Students will receive transportation to basketball practice on the day they attend the Crossover Center. Transportation to and from basketball is the responsibility of the family all other days of the week. Students must be picked up by family promptly at 7pm from Basketball practice. Transportation home from practice is not provided. 

Academic Support

The Crossover Academic Mentoring Program is aimed at literacy development, academic empowerment and character training for students elementary through high school. 

Students are required to attend the Crossover Center one day per week where they will meet with their mentor, receive academic support and/or work through the Crossover Pro training program.  If a student is failing a class, or has below a 2.0 GPA, they will be required to attend the Center two days per week for the remainder of that quarter or until their grades have improved. 

Crossover Cubs: 
Monday and/or Wednesday: after school until basketball practice at 6pm.

Crossover Lions: 
Tuesday and/or Thursday: after school until basketball practice at 5pm.

Make-up Tutoring:
Friday after school from 2:30-5 
(sign-up required by Wednesday each week)

Mentoring

Mentoring is more than just tutoring or homework help. It is a one-on-one, caring, supportive partnership between a mentor and a student that is based on trust and whose purpose is to focus on the scholastic needs of the student toward achieving his/her fullest potential. A mentor is a wise and trusted friend with a commitment to provide guidance and support to the student. Academic Mentoring is also focused on developing growth mindsets, character development, etiquette, confident self-expression, and exposure to the broader world.

Tutors will be matched with student athletes at the beginning of the year and work with students for a minimum of one hour per week, on an assigned day, throughout the school year. 

All absences must be called in to the Crossover Center. More than 3 unexcused absences (Basketball or Crossover Center) per quarter will result in dismissal from the program for the remainder of the quarter. Re-admittance to the program will require an in person interview and only if space allows. 

Transportation to the Crossover Center is provided from the following schools:

Elementary Schools (Mon & Wed)

  • Beachland Elementary School
  • Citrus Elementary School
  • Vero Beach Elementary School

Middle Schools (Mon & Wed)

  • Gifford Middle School
  • Storm Grove Middle School

High Schools (Tues & Thurs)

  • Vero Beach High School 
  • Sebastian High School 

If a student attends another school, he/she is still eligible for the program but will need to arrange transportation to the Crossover Center. All students will receive transportation to basketball practice on the day(s) they attend the Center. Student must be picked up promptly at 7:00 after basketball practice. 

The Crossover Program

During the school year, the Crossover schedule emphasizes academics, athletics and mentoring. 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 students’ vision about what is possible in their own education and careers. We change their summers from idleness to purpose-driven experience, from present-oriented thinking to future-driven exposure, skill development, and dream building.

The most important factor in the success of a child or teen after parental influence is his motivation, his drive to work for something, his “want to!” Finding the key to that kind of motivation is tricky but essential, especially with at-risk children and teens. Young people have an abiding need to belong, to be liked within their peer group, and to feel accepted by those around them. Our Crossover kids are also highly attracted to the popular culture surrounding basketball and athletics. At the same time, however, many kids experience inconsistency, uncertainty, and failure on a daily basis. A strong relevant role model and a pervasive positive culture for success are needed – a new paradigm, one that taps into the kids’ hunger for belonging and consistency, reduces uncertainty, and mitigates failure. In this way, a new roadmap for excellence develops, leading to a deeper, more intrinsic life-changing type of motivation.

Many Crossover kids possess alpha personalities. Tough walls have been erected around their hearts. They need a powerful force for good to love them and guide them toward their best selves. They need the help of Crossover! Crossover is a family of belonging, striving, and achieving that provides a positive, life-building community of peer acceptance and approval.

“There is not a Black America and a White America and a Latino America and Asian America – there is the United States of America.

Barack Obama

Former President of the United Sates

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