Aspire Basketball Academy, a basketball-centered college preparatory program in Scottsdale, AZ, is on the move.
In a release on April 19th, Aspire announced its relocation to Louisville, KY, where its high school-level students will be offered the possibility of enrollment at DeSales High School.
The program plans to mobilize in the Bluegrass State as early as fall of 2017.
Founded in 2016, Aspire Academy was created with the premise that every student-athlete deserves to be provided with the guidance, instruction, platform, resources, and exposure to maximize their potential in all facets of their development – academically, personally, socially, and athletically.
Bryan Just, now co-executive director of Aspire, had been in discussion with officials at DeSales last year about building a new team in Louisville. Then this alternative opportunity surfaced.
"Aspire Academy created a reputable brand in one year through hard work and doing things the right way," Just said. "I am excited to work with them to continue building that brand and creating something special."
DeSales High School welcomes the opportunity to educate and form the young men in this program. Aspire students wishing to attend DeSales will be required to go through the typical transfer/admissions process for enrollment. Those who become DeSales students will attend classes as usual, adhere to dress and conduct codes, and participate in service and ministry programs.
"The preparation of turning Aspire student-athletes into college graduates ready for the real world – the one beyond sports – is at the forefront of everything Aspire Basketball Academy aims to do," said Aspire co-founder, Jeremy Kipness.
As a high-level prep basketball program, Aspire plans to bring in some of the top talent in the country and play a national schedule against other prep-school powerhouses.