Crossover Mission Slam Dunks Academics during Covid-19


James and Mig McDonald

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. Right before spring break the Coronavirus unexpectedly closed Indian River County schools and shifted the remainder of the third and fourth quarters of the 2019-20 school year online. Distance learning was nearly impossible for many of our students who lacked daily support due to parents working in service positions or on the frontline as healthcare workers. Circumstances required us to adapt fast and threw a steep learning curve to our staff and active academic mentors. Despite the challenges, Crossover helped 89 percent of our student athletes complete the academic year with a B average or higher and we maintained 100% remote connectedness with all participants. With one-to-one academic support and continued accountability, Crossover Mission is extremely proud of the effort from all of our students.

Three of our 70 student athletes are high school seniors who graduated from Sebastian River High School. In particular, graduating senior James McDonald completed Q4 with a 4.08 GPA, straight A’s having never been achieved before this year. James has been a student in our Crossover program for the past 5 years and has struggled academically. He is most noted for displaying Crossovers’ power tool– Grit. Whatever challenges arose, James remained focused and diligently worked hard to rise above. Now that James has graduated, he plans to pursue training in welding at Indian River State College and has applied for a welding apprenticeship at Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach.

Crossover Mission, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to support and redirect at-risk youth through after school programs run by dedicated coaches and mentors, using sports as a tool to attract, motivate and monitor achievement, and to provide local and world exposure to young minds. In that pursuit, the secondary purpose of Crossover Mission, Inc. is to build a bridge of friendship and understanding between cultures, starting at a young age, which will help to erode the walls of separation which continue to divide our society. For more information visit our website at

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