About Upward Sports

Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. Upward Sports is the only organization that offers the 360 Progression™, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys. The 360 Progression develops total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially – producing players who excel both on and off the field. 

Today, approximately half a million players at more than 2,000 churches in 47 states participate in camps, clinics, and leagues through Upward Sports’ Recreation Division.

In 2012, Upward Sports created its Performance Division – Upward Stars – aimed at young athletes wanting to further develop their skills and participate in a higher level of competition. Within the first year, approximately 900 athletes competed on Upward Stars teams.

Our Mission

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

Financials

  • Best Christian Workplaces Institute

    Best Christian Workplaces Institute strives to help Christian organizations set the standard as the best, most effective places to work in the world. The feedback received each year is used by Upward Sports to set benchmarks for measurable improvement companywide.

  • Phillip Blount and Associates

    Philip Blount and Associates reviews all Upward Sports job descriptions and compensations annually and compares them to other similar organizations in order to develop salary ranges that fall within the IRS guidelines for reasonable compensation.

  • CapinCrouse

    Although we are not required by law to have a yearly audit, we do so in order to maintain stewardship of the resources God has given to this ministry. CapinCrouse's audits provide transparency to the public and ensures that our financial practices as well as our internal controls hold us accountable to a life of integrity.

  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

    ECFA is committed to helping Christ-centered organizations earn the public’s trust through developing and maintaining standards of accountability that convey God-honoring ethical practices. We firmly support ECFA's goals and mission and comply with their membership standards.