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What Is Upward?


About Upward Sports

Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. Upward Sports helps develop total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially – producing players who excel both on and off the field. Our mission is promoting the discovery of Jesus through sports.

Our Values

The Expectation of God Moments - We believe that God is at work all around us.

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. - Ephesians 2:10

The Life of Integrity - We believe that how we live is more important than what we say.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20

The Opportunity to Serve - We believe that it is a privilege to serve others.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Mark 10:45

The Discipline of Excellence - We believe in exceeding expectations.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed; do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. - Colossians 3:17

The Priority of Children - We believe that every child is a winner.

In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. - Matthew 18:14

What is Upward Basketball?

Upward Basketball is a Christian youth sports ministry designed to promote community outreach, develop volunteer leadership, and share the love of Christ with children and their families, using something as simple as a basketball.  Upward promotes character and self-esteem in every child by providing separate leagues for boys and girls and an evaluation process to provide equal opportunity for improvement.

What will each participant receive?

Reversible Upward Basketball jersey AND shorts

Basketball t-shirt

Individual awards after each practice and game

End-of-the-year award

What is Upward Cheerleading?

Upward Cheerleading attracts a group of children and their families who may want something different than a basketball program. Specifically designed for children K through 6th grade, Upward Cheerleading seeks to develop the self-esteem of each participant, while teaching respect for authority, leadership, character, and cheerleading fundamentals.

What will each participant receive?

Cheerleading top

Cheerleading skorts

Cheer pompoms

Cheer Megaphone

Hair Ribbon

Individual awards after each practice and game

End-of-the-Year award

What makes Upward different?

Upward seeks to build into players, cheerleaders, and their families by:

Allowing for only one hour of practice and one game (one hour of cheering at games) each week.

Training coaches to teach and encourage.

Exposing children to scripture-based devotions at each practice. As well as halftime devotions for spectators each week.

Seeking to incorporate participants and their families into the local church after the season is complete.