Young Professional BoardThe Future of Crossover Leadership
Sheela Prasad has dedicated her career to educational equity and India, starting with the working in rural and urban Indian schools through the Indicorps Fellowship right after college. She currently works at Teach For America, where she provides programming support to multiple Teach For America regions and is involved in the Asian-American Pacific Islander community. She was previously on the start-up team for Teach For India, which in 5 years grew serve 20,000 students across 7 cities in India. There, she set up selection and impact systems, and founded and led their Delhi site.
2 Years Division 1 at Univ of Toledo
2 Years Division 2 at Chaminade University of Honolulu
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Art’s in Business Administration
Currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan studying Program/Project MGT.
Native of Ann Arbor, MI – I am obsessed with finding a better way. Never satisfied, and always ready to get better and help the people around me grow together. My hobbies are reading, writing, helping the community, working out, family/friends, and finding ways to expand my knowledge. Nonprofits have been a major passion of mine since I was a child. If there is a will, there is a way. I always made sure that I stay committed to helping the people around me to help make this world a better place. The mindset I obtain is to never be satisfied because there is always someone who wants it just as bad as you. Change in the world does not happen with one person, it happens with all of us.
I am a native of the Northern Virginia and District of Columbia area where I played basketball under Coach Jayachandran’s guidance at Bishop Ireton High School. I graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in International Studies and Political Science and a minor in Spanish in 2010. While at VMI, I ran NCAA Division I cross country and track. My specialties were long distance, the 3000-meter steeplechase, mile, and 800-meter races. I also took part in multiple Army ROTC field exercises and physical fitness tests. Upon graduation, I opted to enter in the professional workforce in the Northern Virginia/District of Columbia region.
I began my professional career in government contracting. While working full time, I was able to obtain a professional certificate in accounting from the University of Virginia while supporting several companies in a financial/accounting capacity including small 8a disadvantaged businesses and multi-national corporations such as Dell, Inc. Currently, I am work as a pricing analyst for a medium-sized IT contracting company in Bethesda, Maryland.
I currently reside in the District of Columbia. My interests include watching and playing sports, mainly basketball, track and field, golf, and soccer. I also have a keen interest in the financial markets, accounting, and current events. Coming from a military background, I also have a desire for service. To date, I have supported Cross Over in a very limited capacity from afar and hope to increase my service to the Cross Over mission to help change the world.
As an Indian, Jesuit-Educated, Hindu who is currently a Division-1 collegiate basketball player, Sai has developed a passion for service that has continued with his time as a volunteer for the Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy. He has described his experience in Chennai as life-changing and is working to help find new and innovative solutions to impart the values of sport in India. Sai is an aspiring physician who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology from Arizona State University. He is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Matsunaga Institute and playing basketball for the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team.
Heather Hargett grew up a serious and passionate ballet dancer in Northern Virginia. Although dance is not considered a sport by traditional descriptions, training in ballet helped Heather develop skills and discipline that she has used her entire life. Heather had planned to major in ballet in college, however due to injury found a new path. That path included following in her parents’ footsteps into Accounting. Majoring in Accounting eventually led Heather to Deloitte where she currently works as a Tax Manager. Through Deloitte, Heather was given the opportunity to live and work in India for ten weeks during the Summer of 2015 and truly fell in love with the country.
Heather met Coach Shaun, Founder of Crossover Basketball Academy, in High School in Virginia. He was her brother’s teacher and helped Heather increase her SAT Math score. After High School, Heather moved to Dallas, Texas but the Hargett family continued to stay in touch with Coach Shaun and support Crossover. Heather holds Bachelors degrees in Accounting and Psychology from Southern Methodist University. Heather is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Graduating Boston College in 2015, Teddy Mitropoulos works for Fenway Sports Management in Partnership marketing. FSM serves as the sponsorship sales arm for Fenway Sports Group’s prestigious sports portfolio, including the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, New England Sports Network (NESN) and Roush Fenway Racing. Working with the company since June of 2012, Teddy has held multiple roles within the organization including working specifically on the Boston College account and Liverpool account prior to beginning in sales. At Boston College, Teddy found himself constantly in mentoring roles, which has constantly driven his life and his true passion to give back to the community. A native of Cambridge, Mass, Teddy has been an avid Boston Sports fan his entire life. In his free time you can find Teddy on the golf course working on his swing.
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