Why Next Level?
Like most parents in the Fort Mill area, we realized the lack of programming for our children and with a growing community, waitlists were becoming the norm. We decided to take action and use our experience to open Next Level Kidz, with a focus on STEAM and Sports programs.
Whether you are looking for needed care or drop-in classes, we provide a variety of quality programming that captures the interest of any child.
Our programs are led by experienced, educated coaches who have a passion for preparing our children for the future.
Come see how Next Level Kidz will take your child to the next level.
Meet the Coaches
Our experienced coaches are who set us apart.
Co-Founder & Director
Cristina has a degree in Child & Family Development from Georgia Southern University and over 15 years of experience operating summer camps, after school programs and sports leagues through Life Time Fitness and the YMCA. She is a mother of two active boys and enjoys spending time with her family, vacations and reality tv.
Brad has a degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of West Georgia and over 15 years of experience working in the financial services software industry. Brad currently works for Kyriba (FinTech Unicorn) as a Solution Engineer but has also worked for large corporations like Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a product manager to design solutions to digitally transform companies.
He is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing baseball, football, soccer, and hockey. In his free time he also coaches at NZone, Anne Springs, and Fort Mill Parks & Rec.
Flag Football Coach
Former NFL Player and South Carolina Gamecock
Rock Hill native Ko Simpson was a standout football player who attended the University of South Carolina. He was the second Gamecock football player to win SEC Freshman of the Year 2004. He played safety for 2 seasons at the University of South Carolina from 2004-2005 and earned All-SEC and All-American honors at the end of both seasons before entering the NFL draft. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and played professionally for both Buffalo and Detroit. After his playing days ended, he returned to the University of South Carolina where he finished his bachelor’s degree in Retail Management. He is currently an assistant football coach at Indian Land High School; he has also previously coached at Nation Ford High School and Rock Hill High School. Ko Simpson is also the owner of N Zone Sports Carolinas, where he is the director of the youth sports organization and oversees the flag football league. He has a passion for sports and loves working with children to help them reach their athletic potential while having FUN!
Former Baltimore Orioles Scout Team and Division 1 player
Bobby Donato went to Bucknell University to play baseball from 2009-2012 and played for the Baltimore Orioles Scout Team. While at Bucknell he graduated with career records in 10 of 11 offensive categories including 23 career home runs and a Patriot League Record 56 career doubles. He was named American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-East Region Second Team and First Team All-Patriot League. Bobby was born and raised in Williamsport, PA, home of Little League baseball, where he went to the games yearly to see the best young talent in the World. He enjoys skiing, hiking, running and watching baseball/football.
Speed and Agility Coach
Soccer, Coding and eSports Coach
Catawba Ridge High School Engineering Teacher
15 years of High School education experience between New York State and the State of North Carolina. Certified PLTW teacher for Introduction to Engineering, Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Principles of Engineering. He has manufacturing, supervision, inspection and inventory experience that he bring into his classes every chance possible.
YouTube Video Production Coach
Award winning video producer
Phil Erhardt has a passion for video production. With over 40-years of broadcast and non-broadcast experience, he has produced, directed and edited award winning video projects for Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries. In 2014, Phil Erhardt established PWErhardt-media, LLC. PWE-media helps businesses and ministries create video stories to inspire change.
High School STEAM Teacher
Art and Science Coach
Coding and eSports Coach
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