D1 Basketball Academy-St Louis United and the St Louis Force jointly announced the combination of their respective programs.
Vicki Ambrose, one of the two founders of The Force, said "We are excited by this combination, bringing the great training programs of D1-St Louis United together with our experience in tournament play. The combination will continue to expand the breadth and quality of youth basketball offerings to the St Louis market."
D1-St Louis United is led by former NBA star, St Louis University legend and CBC alumni Larry Hughes.
The Academy specializes in basketball skills and development, along with a focus on a comprehensive character building and life skills program. Mr. Hughes indicated that "we are excited by the addition of Vicki Ambrose and Steve Jarvis, the founders of The Force, and their outstanding coaching team. We are pleased to be partnering with one of the largest and most respected youth basketball clubs in the area. The combination is another step in our plans to improve the landscape of youth basketball in the St Louis region."
Founders say the overall goal is to unite the basketball community in St Louis, all while strengthening the talent and character of local youth.
The mission of D1-St Louis United is to improve the Basketball Ability, IQ, focus and commitment to personal success of youth in the program.