Upward Sports

Become an Upward Sports Athlete

Upward Sports is THE destination for young athletes looking for the training to succeed in competition, the teaching to learn and love the game, and the tutelage to excel both on and off the court.

Upward Sports Basketball

Boys and Girls Kindergarten through Sixth Grade A young basketball player can chart their own athletic journey through multiple levels of programming – all while being developed into total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially.

Upward Sports Cheerleading

Girls Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Cheerleading is a huge part of sporting events at all levels of play.  When athletes need encouragement and fans need entertainment, cheerleaders can take your sports experience to another level because they add excitement and spirit to any Upward Game Day!

What makes Upward Sports Unique?

“It helps build your game athletically, and it helps you spiritually” – Corbin “I fell in love with the program and how it’s Christ-based, since day one” –  Picasso S. “It taught me how to handle things in life, and not just basketball” – Chase “It really made an impact on his life spiritually and just general character” – Tammy (mom of a BBall player)

Online Registration

Registration for children is now closed with over 600+ kids signed up! We are still looking for adult volunteers though. Check out the volunteer section of this page to find out ways you can participate!

Practice will begin in January (only one practice a week). Games are played on Saturday’s at Bethel Church during the months of January, February, and March.

Program schedule:

  • First practice – Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • First game – Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Awards Celebration – Saturday, March 17 (4 – 6 p.m.)

Do you have a heart for sports and kids? The following are opportunities where you can serve in both.

Volunteer Opportunities:


Controlling the flow of the game with Upward’s unique rules (training provided)

Monitor (halls/entry)

Walk church hallways/areas around gym making sure no guests are wandering too far from the gym area.


Stand at the door and greet parents and students as they arrive


Keep score at a provided table on the table top scoreboard (manually flipping numbers)

Time Keeper

Alerting referees, coaches, and players of time remaining (stopwatches provided)

Half-Time Devotion

Share a 5 minute devotion to players and parents attending the game (microphone provided)

Set Up/Tear Down

Assist Director in preparing gym on game day and closing down the gym after games end


Serve drinks and food to patrons from the gym kitchen window. Sign up to help with concessions ONLINE.

For more information, email Bethel Church Upward Sports Director Glenn Heinsch or visit www.upward.org.