What is Upward?

Upward Sports, the world’s largest Christian sports program for children, was created with a vision to provide the best sports experience possible for every child.

Basketball as a Ministry

The 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 involved

Character—To help every child grow—spiritually, physically, mentally and socially

Self Esteem—To grow every child in their understanding and enjoyment of sports

Practice Nights

Playing 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.


A 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.

Game Day Experience

Game days are fun for the entire family. Invite friends, neighbors and family 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.

Star Presentations

At 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.

Contact Info

Church Office
Office open Mon-Thurs: 8 AM-4:30 PM

Make a Donation

Consider “paying it forward” to enable another child to the opportunity to play.

You may submit a donation by:

Donate Here

Payable to Green Valley Baptist Church
(designate: Upward Basketball)

Mail to:
Upward Basketball @ GVBC
1815 Patton Chapel Road
Hoover, AL 35226
or Drop a check into the offering box outside the Worship Center