Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Mayoral Aide Lavar Click-Bruce welcomed and congratulated 413 Elite, the American Basketball Association’s (ABA) newest team. In November 2021, the ABA announced that they had added the Springfield based team, 413 Elite, as part of their Association. 413 Elite Founder/Owner Charles Evans, a Springfield native and High School of Science and Technology graduate, shared his excitement with Mayor Sarno about 413 Elite being a part of the ABA and his vision of electrifying Springfield and bringing back the spirit of the Basketball life from the neighborhoods. 413 Elite LaMar Cook also shared his enthusiasm.

Mayor Sarno states, “It was great to meet with Springfield native and Sci-Tech graduate Charles Evans and to see the passion and vision he has for his 413 Elite team.  This is a wonderful opportunity to bring quality and entertaining basketball back to the City of Springfield; the birthplace of Basketball and home to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  I am looking forward to welcoming our 413 Elite as they kick off their season.”

413 Elite Owner Charles Evans stated, “We want to electrify Springfield and bring back the spirit of basketball-life from the neighborhood.”

Director of Business Operations LaMar Cook said, “We are excited to bring the ABA to Springfield.  Our goal is a family friendly entertainment experience in the birthplace of basketball.  #BeElite: Elevating Life In The East!”