|East Asia Elite|
What is EAE: The East Asia Elite is a program of Coaches Team International. CTI is a Non Profit Organization with a simple mission: “To encourage athletes, coaches and fans worldwide to develop and use the gifts that God has given them to make the world a better place.” The EAE program is simply an extension of this mission statement.
“EAE exists to encourage foreign school athletes in Asia to get to the next level as a total athlete. A total athlete is one who strives to develop their body, mind and spirit.”
EAE works overtime to fulfill this mission by offering students:
-Training (camps, personal coaching, etc.)
-Playing (Teams, tours, events, etc.)
-Mentoring (college, life and faith advising)
-Exposure (videos, articles, networking, etc.)
-Cheering (just showing up and giving a high five)
History: East Asia Elite originally formed as a basic club basketball team for higher level international/foreign school boys in Korea in 2008. The purpose was to help a few players that some of us coaches thought had college playing potential and get them prepared. We thought it was beneficial for the best students to play with the other best and play against better competition. As the word got out about the team, it grew in popularity. It eventually grew to include a girls’ team.
In 2013 we decided to take the best players in Korea and join forces with players from foreign schools in China and compete in Beijing against the top teams in China. Players were shocked to see teams with multiple 7 footers.
After this trip, EAE began expanding its reach to help foreign students all over Asia to get exposure to play sports at the next level. Since EAE’s creation, 17 students have been offered scholarships to play sports in college. EAE has come a long way since its first days and the future looks very bright!
About the founder: Luke Elie is a proud graduate of International Christian School-Uijeongbu in South Korea. He knows personally the challenge of showing up for a varsity game and looking into the bleachers and seeing maybe 2-3 people (probably his parents). However, it was his dream to play college basketball and turn pro. This is a tall order for a foreign school student, especially coming from a small school in Korea. However, Duke and Michigan did not come calling, but was able to work his way on to a few small college teams before graduating from Spring Arbor University (Michigan) as a History teacher. Luke returned to Korea to teach and coach. Luke believed it was God’s calling in his life to help and encourage student athletes.
In the middle of building the foundations of what would become CTI (EAE’s parent), Luke moved to China to pursue a career in playing basketball. God used the connections and resources gained through this experience to build CTI and EAE. One of the highlights was taking the first American basketball team to North Korea and teach students there. This was a life changing event for Luke as he really saw the power of what sports can do to change the world.
Luke’s varsity playing career includes basketball, soccer, football, tennis, track, football and cross country.
Luke’s high school coaching career includes 7 years in KAIAC (Korea):
Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Swimming and even Ping Pong.
Conducted over 40 camps in China while conducting training in countries such as Philippines, Cambodia, North Korea, Thailand, etc.
In 2015, Luke was a coach for the Myanmar National Team for the Olympic SEA Games in Singapore.
Random notes about Luke: Luke loves preaching and church work. He is a coffee addict who loves writing. In 2015 he published his first book “By Faith and Fear: When All Else Fails.” He was a former Social Studies teacher in Korea. He was also the Principal and Director of the Transformation Academy of Shanghai and Shenyang in China. Luke ultimately loves Jesus, people and sports with all his heart! His favorite Bible verse is “Be joyful Always!” 1 Thessalonians 5:16.