Upward Sports

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Feb. 12 Update:

There are only 2 practices and 2 games left!  Our Awards Celebration is March 2, and it's always the highlight of our season!  Here's the schedule:


5:30 pm        Doors Open

6:00 pm        Welcome & Special Thanks

6:10 pm        Cheerleader Routines

6:25 pm        Guest Entertainment

7:05 pm        Closing Remarks & Awards Distributed

7:20 pm        Dismissed

What does each child get?

*Basketball ($85)

*Cheerleading ($85)

  • Reversible Mesh Game Jersey
  • Mesh Game Shorts
  • Upward T-shirt
  • Car Magnet
  • End of the season award
  • Cheer Top
  • Cheer Skort
  • Cheer Mock Turtleneck
  • Hair Ribbon
  • Poms
  • Megaphone
  • Car Magnet
  • End Of Season Award

Dates for the 2017/18 season

  • August 16Online Registration Open
  • October 6: Last Day to Register Online 
  • October 9 & 12: Evaluation Nights.  Players must come ONE of these nights.  K-3rd grade come between 5:00pm-6:30pm.  4th-6th grade come between 6:30pm-7:30pm.  
  • November 4 (all at 8am at Wake Chapel Gym)
    • Coach Orientation
    • Referee Clinic
    • Scorekeepers Tutorial
  • November 27: First week of practice.  Practices last one hour and are either on M, T, or Th.
  • December 9: Kindergarten Introduction Day (10am at the gym)
  • December 18 – 29: Christmas Break (no practice)
  • January 6: First Game Day
  • January 27: Team Picture Day
  • February 24: Last Game
  • March 2: Awards Celebration
  • March 3: Make Up Game (only played if we cancel a previous game)

Information brochures will be available around town beginning the first week of September. You may also stop by the church office between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. to pick them up. 

Teams will practice one hour each week (either on M, T, or Th) starting at 5:30, 6:30 or 7:30 from November 27-February 22.

Upward Brochures may be picked up at these locations:
  • Wake Chapel Christian Church
  • Oakview Elementary
  • Thales Academy
  • Lincoln Heights Elementary (at Open House)
When asked about their past experience this is what young athletes had to say.
  • 37% wished no parents watched them play.
  • 41% indicated that they've awakened in the middle of the night worrying about a game.
  • 69% indicated that they prefer a coach that puts more priority on fun than winning.
  • 71% said it wouldn't matter if no score were kept in the game.
  • 74% said they had seen out of control parents at their game.
  • 75% have dropped out of organized sports by age 13.

Upward Sports leagues across the country have provided a solution to those problems listed above. Upward does a few things differently than your common sports league. They have designed a program that puts the emphasis on character, self-esteem, and Christ-likeness rather than trophies and awards. Every child gets equal time of play. The theme of Upward is Play with Purpose, and the Upward program embodies everything you’d want to accomplish in developing young athletes spiritually, mentally, athletically, and socially. Wake Chapel Christian Church is excited and honored to implement an Upward Basketball League (for boys & girls K-6) in our community.

How can I help?

You can be a team member of Upward by being a coach, assistant coach, score keeper, referee, prayer partner, halftime speaker, or some other valuable position. All you need is the interest, and there will be someone who can clearly explain your role and guide you through it. Contact Seth Carter to learn more about how you can help.

Church phone number: (919) 552-4147 x204
E-mail: Seth Carter