Athletes Having Opportunities Provided by Education
CORPORATE MISSION STATEMENT
Our Mission is to use the game of basketball as a vehicle to educate and empower
promising youths to be leaders, winning athletes and strong academic students by
developing the skills necessary for success in high school, college and in life.
By using basketball as a vehicle to educate, mentor and coach young men and women to enable them
to evolve into tomorrow’s leaders.
The game of basketball is an extremely positive outlet for many developing adolescents. The sport
acts as a source of confidence throughout insecure stages of life. Simply arriving at a basketball court
will win instant friendships and give many players a sense of belonging. The power that lies in being
part of a team teaches volumes about leadership, working together and achieving goals.
501c3 Non-Profit Organization
A.H.O.P.E was founded by Todd Quarles, a successful business entrepreneur who had a vision of helping student athletes reach the highest levels of success in education and life through participation in grassroots basketball competition.
Expressions Elite 1 st basketball team was founded in 2008. The inaugural team quickly established Expressions Elite as one of the premier grassroots basketball organizations in the USA. Expressions Elite has touched the lives of many student athletes and has over 25 alumni who has played college basketball on full scholarship.
In 2013 Expressions Elite experienced more historic firsts. Our Organization was selected to join and play on the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. We also celebrated the first Expressions Elite Alumni being selected in the NBA draft (Ricardo Ledo was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 43rd pick).