Upward is an evangelistic sports ministry specifically designed for kindergarten through sixth grade boys and girls that promotes salvation, character, and self-esteem in every child. In addition to basketball, Upward offers cheerleading, soccer and flag football programs to complete your Upward ministry. Upward provides opportunities for all believers, no matter what denomination, to become meaningfully involved in the ministries of your church. They will have the opportunity to pray for your program, coach a team, referee a game, share a devotion, and develop relationships in order to open avenues of ministry to the people of your community who will participate in your program.
Star awards are given to every participant at the end of each practice and game for the purpose of encouraging and building self-esteem of each child. Instead of the outcome of the game, the focus is shifted to the attitudes and efforts of each child on the team or squad.
Here is my little boy with his Upward Basketball team. The pictures didn't turn out very good because of the lighting in the gym... but they are all I have so I used the best ones and used the Gamma Correction on some of the darker photos. They look better printed out than on here with a lower quality resolution.
Note: in the first photo he was actually sick that day but we took him anyway because it was picture day! Also, check out the video at the bottom. Hunter is the one with the white wrist band on! LOL!