Over the last 5 years, UPG has built its international brand through its exchange and professional service activities in the global market. Good timing and positioning have birthed a partnership with Huntington Prep Academy, one of the top basketball Prep teams in the country, to facilitate and help build their international program. With the plans to form a second team outside of the current team, HPA is looking to follow in the footsteps of more established programs such as Oak Hill Academy, which boasts its own campus and is run as an autonomous entity. Currently, Huntington Prep players are students at St. Joseph’s Central Catholic High School.
“We bring a unique skill-set and access to the type of clients that HPA will need to build not only a solid financial foundation, but also real talent for the program to build upon,” stresses UPG CEO J. Dodd. “This partnership has so much potential because we are still at ground floor essentially and HPA has already amassed some notable achievements, such as helping develop Andrew Wiggins (NBA #1 Draft Pick in 2014), getting primetime coverage on ESPN and stacking their schedule against the country’s best teams. I give a lot of credit to Head Coach Arkell Bruce and the guys behind him for being progressive minded and moving the program forward. ”