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Governor Rick Scott Recognizes Andres Cardona with the Young Entrepreneur Award

Apr 11, 2017


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Andres Cardona, 23, with the Young Entrepreneur Award. Andres is the founder and CEO of Elite Basketball Academy, a youth basketball program. Elite Basketball Academy was founded in 2011 and is based in Miami.

Governor Scott said, “I’m proud to present Andres with the Young Entrepreneur Award today. It’s great to see Florida entrepreneurs follow their dreams of starting a business and make a difference in their community. It takes dedication and hard work to start a business, and I look forward to seeing Elite Basketball Academy’s success in Florida.”

Andres Cardona, founder and CEO of Elite Basketball Academy, said, “It’s an honor to be recognized with the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award. Elite Basketball Academy is focused on providing youth with everlasting principles in the Miami area. We work hard to develop outstanding citizens. I’m grateful for the success we have seen, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.”

To learn more about Elite Basketball Academy, visit To learn more about the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award, visit


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