In the Beginning The first team was formed in 2008 to allow local youth to compete in New England leagues and statewide tournaments. The X started to travel nationwide and quickly became known as one of the elite youth programs in the USA. Their reputation spread and top players throughout the New England area joined the program. Since that time, the program has reached numerous inner city youth and their families; and now over 20 former players are playing college basketball through an athletic scholarship. In the Classroom Expressions Elite Basketball places emphasis on the importance of meeting educational goals and preparation for college. With a guidance counselor on staff assisting athletes, the “X” works with both the schools and the parents to tutor and prepare its athletes. Expressions Elite ultimate goal is to help its athletes earn college degrees. Educational training includes ACT and SAT preparation, counseling on core curriculum and meeting NCAA guidelines on education. The “X” continues to follow its athletes’ progress throughout college. The program continues to be available to its students and alumni as they make career decisions. In the Future Expressions Elite works to educate its athletes on the positive aspects of life to achieve success. Hard work, socializing with the right crowd, and creating goals are keys to the program. The program has no tolerance for drugs, alcohol and gambling. Expressions Elite’s goal is to have a positive impact and to help and guide its players lives. Expressions Elite coaches are role models for our players. Each is a volunteer who is carefully screened and must have the well being of the players as their first priority. They not only teach the game of basketball, but also prepare them for life’s challenges. Many of our players come from single parent homes and the program provides an avenue for the hopes and dreams of the players to become real. The program is driven by what is best for the child. Whether in a game, practice, classroom, or life, the child is the first priority of Expressions Elite.