See the new logo pictured above that will be placed center court for our new outdoor high school regulation court. This logo will be center circle and will be 6 feet in diameter. The new court is dedicated to Jonathan's memory!
We are in the process of building a high school regulation Basketball Court in memory of Jonathan Threewitts, who tragically perished on March 14,2015 while trying to save his fourth teammate from drowning.
Please read Jonathan’s Story below:
Jonathan Threewitts Memorial Basketball Court
Not long after Jonathan Threewitts went swimming late in the afternoon of March 14,2015, he noticed his fellow swimmers in trouble off of Jaycee Park in Vero Beach. Jonathan was a top athlete and student at Vero Beach High School, and he (17 years old) and his sister Anna (16 years old) were both in court ordered foster care at the Hibiscus House in Vero Beach at that time. That afternoon, Jonathan’s “house” had come to swim at Jaycee Park with him.
Of all the teenagers at Hibiscus House, Jonathan was viewed as probably the kindest and most gifted athlete and student among all of his peers. Epic Missions, a Vero Beach 501C3, hosts the Hibiscus House teenagers at our facility year round each Tuesday night where we feed over 40 teenagers and their houseparents and allow them to play games followed by a youth devotion and small group conversations. Epic Missions has become the closest thing to home for most of these kids.
It was Epic Missions that was called right after police and fire rescues were summoned to Jaycee Park on March 14th. Jonathan had disappeared under the surf. Jonathan was a top athlete participating in both wrestling, baseball and football. He was a straight A student in spite of his dismal circumstances and the entire community who knew Jonathan was shocked to hear he succumbed to the angry surf that day.
Paul, Jackie and Alyssa Munsie (founders of Epic Missions) along with Dan Arseneau , Epics’ full time Youth Director, went to the beach to comfort grieving and shocked housemates of Jonathan. We then drove to the Hibiscus House grounds where 9 homes house up to 45 youth in foster care. We spent the evening there until late at night, comforting distraught friends and his sister, Anna.
His body was recovered two days later, only 150 yards from where he went missing. His peers grieved at the great loss of a friend, outstanding young man, and hero (as he had saved three others from drowning that day). The Hibiscus House chose to have Jonathan's funeral at Epic Missions in the pavilion which Jonathan so often came to on Tuesday evenings and during the week. That day peers, friends, teachers, students, and fellow athletes poured onto the Epic grounds to mourn his passing. There was standing room only as the crowds spread out onto the grassy fields. It was one more hurt for the housemates that had known Jonathan at Hibiscus House. One more hurt in a trail of hurts that mark each one of their lives.
At that service, Epic Missions announced they intended to build an outdoor full size high school regulation basketball court in Jonathan's memory and honor. You can only imagine the shouts and applause from his Hibiscus House “family” at the thought there would be such a thing built in his name. Jonathan was a lead instigator of competition on the court when he came to Epic on Tuesday nights. Even though we only have one hoop at present, he was sure to pile up his share of Three-pointers! It was our intention to use the court to its fullest by allowing the “at risk” teens and Hibiscus House youth to play games and compete in team sports on the court.
We obtained four separate bids for the building of the outdoor court last year and in the Fall applied to the John’s Island Foundation for a grant to build the court. After site preparation and landscaping we estimate the finished cost to run about $53,300. We may be able to do it for less if some of our contract work is donated or reduced in cost. We were delighted when John’s Island Foundation awarded us $25,000 this past April 2016 to build the court! Later in 2016, The Seminole County Club Managers Association awarded another $15,000 towards the project. Additional donors and a major donation has just provided us with all funds needed for the court construction and fencing. Any additional donations will be put towards landscaping around the court and a walkway from the parking lot to the court.
We expect to see the project to completion by project to completion by August of 2017. This is a privilege to do such a thing for such a fine young black man who modeled hard work, strong ethics, and perseverance in spite of his circumstances. Jonathan planned to be a doctor and most likely would have received a full boat scholarship based upon his academics and athletic accomplishments. Jonathan would have graduated this year if he had been alive.
We intend to place a memorial plaque upon the court. We also plan to do a full media announcement and expect great coverage upon the courts completion and dedication. We hope you would desire to attend the dedication. If so, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know the time and date of the dedication!
About Epic Missions, Inc:
Epic Missions was founded in 2011 as a not for profit 501c3 Christian organization that sends short term missionaries into hard hit areas of St Lucie, Indian River and Brevard Counties. Theses volunteers travel from all over the USA and Canada to Epic Missions in Vero Beach, FL. It is at Epic Missions, where the staff coordinate an entire week’s worth of missions aid to the poor, needy and “at risk” populations in these counties. We not only staff over 20 local charities with volunteers such as Treasure Coast Food Bank, Dogs and Cats Forever, Habitat for Humanity, Hope for Families Homeless Center, Gifford Youth Center, Operation Hope, The Source, etc… but we also adopt at risk families to care for with our teams. These teams of volunteers pay Epic Missions a nominal weekly fee and in turn we feed them 3 meals per day, house them overnight in our Vero Beach Missions Base, and coordinate and schedule their entire week of missions.
Since our inception, we have contributed over 145,000 hours of volunteer time to our community. We reach folks and show them Christian compassion and love by helping them in their darkest hours. This is our full time mission. This year we will bring in over 850 people to do just that for a week at a time each and every year. Upon completion of a weeks service, our teams travel back home, often with a new fresh perspective on the condition of human suffering and what they can do in their own communities to make a lasting positive impact. Epic Missions is fully audited each year by independent auditors and spends less than 7% of its entire budget on administrative costs. We are committed to making a difference in our communities without government aid or help. It’s simply people helping people and doing what Christ taught us to be to our brothers and sisters where we live. Find us at www.epicmissions.org