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UPWARD Statements

Upward Sports Programs are designed to promote character and self esteem in each child and to ensure that "every child plays, every child learns, and every child is a winner."

Vision Statement
Submitting to God’s authority, Upward desires to change generations globally and recognize that Every Child is a Winner.

Purpose Statements
The purpose of Upward Sports Ministries is to fulfill God’s vision that he planned long ago by promoting:

Salvation: To share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone involved in an Upward ministry.
Character: To help every child grow as Jesus did – spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially.
Self-Esteem: To help every child grow in their understanding and enjoyment of sports.

Mission Statement
Upward is committed to equipping believers to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with unlimited children through sports ministry.

UPWARD Information

• The early registration cost per child for Basketball is $99; after October 2, the cost is $115.
The deadline for registration is November 7 (early registration pricing ends October 2). 
• An Upward uniform is included in the price for each participant. Basketball players receive a reversible jersey and shorts.

Upward Basketball is for boys and girls from Kindergarten age through eighth grade. The Kindergarten League is an instructional league and is coed, with boys and girls on each team. The teams and leagues for first through eighth grade are gender specific.

Each team will have three or four preseason practices. During the season, each team will practice one hour each week on a night and at a time that is consistent throughout the season. Games are for one hour on eight consecutive Saturdays at a time that will vary each week.

Every child is evaluated and attempts are made to create fair and equal teams and fair individual matchups. (Absolute equal matchups are desirable but, of course, not always possible.) Every child plays at least half the game and every child is recognized after each game.

Each player receives an Upward reversible jersey and shorts and an end-of-season award.

Registration for Upward Basketball starts September 1 through November 7.