Through this exciting exclusive collaboration, we want to help you reach your community for Christ and assist in the growth of your church. Your ministry goals are our goals and making Jesus known is priority!


Lostness of the Next Generation.

We desire to help reach the next generation with your church! Together, we can make a difference!

every person | every town | every city | every state | every nation

did you know?

  • 8.6 million people live in Virginia
  • 21.8 % are 18 years of age and younger
  • 800+ SBCV Churches in the state
  • 50% of Upward players in a league are unchurched
  • 50% of pastors say that declining or inconsistent outreach is a major issue

As a ministry partner, we understand that each church is unique.

With a renewed focus toward sports ministry outreach we have changed!

Here is what you will experience through our partnership:

Reaching families in your community begins by simply inviting them in!

The free resources on the right will help you utilize sports as an entry point to your church. As the community and church come together, connections are made, and Christ is shared. Families feel welcome and see your church as a place of new growth and encouragement.

FBC Brandon, MS – Brent Leach - Community Hero

As a 17-year partner, First Baptist Church, Brandon MS reaches families through basketball and cheerleading. They also utilize their sports ministry to invite men into their men’s ministry and impact the entire family unit.

Read - Make Saturday’s Bigger Than Sunday’s

How often does your church ask what the most important day of the week is for the unchurched in your community? Read more!

Sample Practice Plan and Devotion

Each coach will receive a practice plan and devotion to lead each week. This equips your coach to lead well!

Sample League Timeline

We will walk with you through your season. Let’s create your timeline together!

FREE Popup Connect Event

Free Pop Up Connect Event - Use this event to welcome and reach families, build relationships, serve your community, and bring awareness to your upcoming sports ministry.

Connecting through the SBCV, Upward Sports will offer you:

Initial Startup Fee

Let us customize your player package and set up your MyUpward portal. We will waive the initial startup fee.

1st Year League Support

We are part of your team! We will walk you through each step of the way to support your league director.

$500 Sports Ministry Grant

We want to help you get your league up and and running! We will invest $500 in the start up of your league. Use this grant to purchase equipment , coach apparel, scholarships, etc..  

Schedule a call today and let’s talk about these exclusive SBC Virginia church benefits. We are ready to partner with your church and impact the next generation together!

Regardless of your church size or location, sports ministry is a powerful tool to reach your community.

Through a 6-12 week sports league, families are invited in and relationships will be formed. Few avenues in America exist that bring people together like sports. Throw out a ball and barriers are broken and fun is had by all. Lives will be impacted.

We are proud partners with these SBC of Virginia Churches:

Bethel Baptist | Calvary Baptist | Cave Spring Baptist | Cedar Bluff Baptist | East Stone Gap Baptist | First Baptist - Charlottesville |
GraceLife Baptist | Great Neck Baptist | Kempsville Baptist | Maysville Baptist | Monumental Baptist | New Bridge Baptist | North Roanoke Baptist | Parkway Baptist | Pinecrest Baptist | Pleasant Valley Baptist | Rainbow Forest Baptist | Seaford Baptist | Second Baptist | Sky View Baptist | Spotswood Baptist

Stay connected on how sports ministry can impact your community!