Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian sports league for youth athletics. Upward Sports is the only youth sports program with the 360 Progression, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players develop and grow in their personal athletic journey. The 360 Progression offers multi-sport comprehensive training and instruction that increases in intensity with each athlete as they improve, enriching their physical, emotional, social and spiritual growth.
Today approximately half a million players participate in Upward recreation clinics, camps and leagues in 47 U.S. states and 72 countries, hosted by over 2,500 church partners. In 2012, Upward Sports created a performance division for youth basketball and volleyball, 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. These teams have won nine major tournaments in the southeast and 17 players have accepted Division I or II college commitments.
Upward Sports provides valuable resources that aid in planning, training and executing these first-class, organized and detailed youth sports offerings.
Our Mission Statement
Promoting the Discovery of Jesus Through Sports
The Expectation of God Moments
We believe that God is at work all around us.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
The Life of Integrity
We believe that how we live is more important than what we say.
Galatians 2:20 – 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.
The Opportunity to Serve
We believe that it is a privilege to serve others.
Mark 10:45 – 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.
The Discipline of Excellence
We believe in exceeding expectations.
Colossians 3:17 – 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.
The Priority of Children
We believe that every child is a winner.
Matthew 18:14 – In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.