ASPIRE Sports Institute operates as an entity of the Alabama Sports Foundation. Founded in 1996, the Alabama Sports Foundation was originally created to serve as the official sports lobby for the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area, as well as the State of Alabama. The Alabama Sports Foundation has recently shifted its direction by launching the ASPIRE Sports Institute, which will focus on the development of athletes by creating an athlete-centered environment.
ASPIRE exists to optimize the athlete experience through performance, education, innovation, and implementation. Our goal is to help all athletes across all competitive levels. We will accomplish this by adhering to our six core principles:
- Attitude is everything
- Safety is priority
- Performance is maximized
- Innovation is encouraged
- Research is limitless
- Education is power
We exist to optimize the athlete experience through performance, education, innovation, and implementation. We do this with each individual by partnering with teams, clubs, and municipalities.
- ASPIRE Sports Institute will operate 7,200 square feet within The Finley Center at Hoover Met Complex. In the space there will be an innovative Rest and Recovery Lab, a Drayer Physical Therapy Clinic, and space outfitted for sports performance training.
- The Finley Center is a 154,000 square feet facility that has 89,000 square feet of uninterrupted space for sports, banquets, trade shows, exhibits, and social events. There are 11 basketball courts, 17 volleyball courts, 3 meetings rooms, full-service food court, and an indoor climbing center. The Hoover Met Complex is also made up of many outdoor basketball, softball, and soccer fields aimed to fill the needs of all athletes.