A local church is celebrating 10 years
of its Upward program this year.
Fairview Baptist Tabernacle in
Sweetwater began its Upward Sports program, including basketball and
cheerleading, during the 2002-2003 season in the gymnasium at
Sweetwater High School.
Upward Sports is the world's largest
Christian sports league for kids. More than half a million families
have participated in Upward leagues throughout the United States and
Canada. Upward Basketball has competitive balanced teams, which
allows equal playing time for all players. The program also teaches
children the fundamentals in a positive manner, encouraging players
to have self-confidence and a life-long love for sports.
"Upward Sports is about providing fun
sports experiences based on healthy competition," said Janean
Watson, the children's ministry director at Fairview Baptist
Tabernacle in Sweetwater.
In 2011, the program expanded so much
the church moved it into their own clean, modern gym facilities. Last
year, more than 200 children participated in the program through
Fairview Baptist Tabernacle.
"Fairview's Upward program
continues to grow in success," said Janean Watson.
Watson said Upward is a competitive
program, which keeps score for all ages except kindergarten.
"Many of the children who have
participated in Fairview's Upward program have gone on to play or
cheer in local middle and high schools," said Janean Watson.
The Upward Sports program at Fairview
offers trained coaches and referees to participants.
"Our coaches have played and/or
coached basketball or cheerleading," said Janean Watson. "Many of
our Upward coaches also work with children in our local school
systems and coach in other sports programs."
Fairview also has interactive halftime
shows and an end-of-season awards night. Last year's end-of-season
speaker was Bruce Crevier, a four-time Guiness World Records holder.
With the season quickly approaching,
Fairview is gearing up for another successful year.
""This year you can expect more prize
giveaways, more crowd involvement and for the program to be more
competitive, yet still teach kids about Christ," said Fairview's
Upward Director David Watson.
The church is excited to be celebrating
its 10 year of participation in Upward Sports.
"We are very excited about
celebrating 10 years in Upward. We want Upward to be something that
the whole family will enjoy," said David Watson. "It has the
potential to change the lives of children, their families and the
Fairview will hold signups for Upward
Sports in their church gymnasium on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8
p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information about the Upward
Sports program at Fairview, call 423-337-6208.