What Is Upward?
Upward Sports, the worlds largest Christian sports program for children, was created with a vision to provide the best sports experience possible for every child.
Basketball as a MinistryThe purpose of Upward Basketball is to fulfill God's vision that He planned for us long ago by promoting:Salvation—To share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone involvedCharacter—To help every child grow—spiritually, physically, mentally and sociallySelf Esteem—To grow every child in their understanding and enjoyment of sports
Practice NightsPlaying Upward basketball is not only fun for your child, but a great fit for your family! Our league conveniently fits into your family’s schedule with a one-hour practice and one-hour game each week.
Teams practice one time per week on a set night (Mon, Tue or Thurs at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 PM). Halfway through the practice all teams will take a break to share in the weekly devotion and scripture.
Game Day ExperienceGame days are fun for the entire family. Invite friends, neighbors and grandparents to come enjoy 60 minutes of action. All players are given equal opportunity to play during the six, six-minute periods. Game days begin at 8 AM on Saturdays.
Throughout the season, your child will explore and discover a love of basketball by playing half of every game. Kids are individually recognized at each game and find positive role models in coaches and other sports volunteers.
DevotionsA halftime devotion is presented to the kids during every practice, and to the family and friends during the game halftimes. This is a short message with practical information straight from God's word shared by Green Valley volunteers.
Star PresentationsAt the conclusion of each game, families and friends are invited to join the players and coach downstairs for the presentation of the stars. Every child receives a star each week as well as encouragement for his/her accomplishments.