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Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is a community sports league -- specifically designed for children in kindergarten through 6th grade -- that promotes character and self-esteem.

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. 

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.

For The Record

The historian Dr. Luke gave us a glimpse of Jesus’ young life when he wrote... And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52)

Criteria = They demonstrated growth this season

Mentally = Coachable, approachable, attentive, and receptive

Athletically = Passionate about sport and willing to try and then try again

Spiritually = Shows a spirit of Christ-likeness and sacrifices self for the team

Socially = Puts others first, is fun-loving and enjoyable to be around

The 2017 special group of players who, in the eyes of their coaches and teammates, have matured this season in the same ways as young Jesus did -- mentally, athletically, spiritually, socially are as follows:


B501-K.State Wildcats: Christian Hardie
B502-I.S.U. Cyclones: Dominic Abitino
B503-Baylor Bears: Reese DeBay
B504-O.U. Sooners: Tanner Katari
B505-W. Va. Mountaineers: George Napolitano
B506-O.S.U. Cowboys: Braden Longo
B507-Texas Longhorns: Van Hightower
B508-T.T. Red Raiders: Tommy Gualtieri
B509-K.U. Jayhawks: Richie Hanna
B510-T.C.U. Horned Frogs: Gunner Grimes


G51-U.F. Lady Gators: Aimee Schapley
G52-Vandy Lady Commodores: Kaitlyn Wells
G53-Tenn. Lady Vols: Alex McAuliffe
G54-Ole Miss. Lady Rebs: Vanessa Moore

The 2017 5/6th Grade Championship teams are:

K State Wildcats

Coach: Mike Stango
Christian Arutyunyan • Quinn Camara • Bradley Gaskill • Nathan Gaskill • Chritian Hardie • Noah Specht • Mark Stango • Christopher Testa• Chad Wolfe

Vanderbuilt Lady Commodores

Coach: Greg Carignan
Kate Carignan • Corynn Clancy • Demetria Delp • Nadia Friend • Maggie Lauber • Stefania Markel • Abby Price • Alaina Rizzo • Kaitlyn Wells

2018 Season Dates

September 1, 2017: Registration Opens
October 2017: Evaluations
December 2017: Practices Begin
January - March 2018: Games


Weeknight practices begin the first week of December for 1st - 6th grade players and all cheerleaders (one night per week). Kindergarten players will begin in January and practice and play on subsequent Saturdays at SRC. Specific team practice nights and locations have not been determined and will depend upon coach preferences.


All games are played on Saturdays. The 5th-6th grade divisions may practice and will play at a location other than SRC.


We are looking for Coaches and Referees! 

All our Upward volunteers must complete the application along with a background check. Please print and fill out the appropriate Background Check and send in to

General Background Check »

Background Check For International Volunteers »

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