Registration Extended

This season will be camp-style sessions for grades K-4

5 weekly camp-style sessions
Each player receives a t-shirt, reversible jersey, water bottle & their own basketball.
You can register and pay online at:
Want to Volunteer to help? You can find more information and sign up online at:
If you have any questions or would like more information on registering or volunteer opportunities, contact Matt Cress at

What is Upward?

Since 1995, millions of young athletes have participated in Upward Basketball in communities around the nation. Hosted by local churches, Upward Basketball Leagues offer an extended, multi-month opportunity for character-building, player development, and the formation of deep relationships between teammates and coaches. Players will develop a love for basketball and a healthy competitive spirit and discover skills necessary to succeed both on and off the court. The game format and rules are designed to teach the game at an age-specific level that grows with each young athlete.

Pre-game prayer Where do I play?

First Christian church is excited to offer Upward Basketball for grades K – 4 this school year!
All practices & games take place at our facility 105 N. Broad St. in Sullivan.
Evaluations are not required for this year’s clinic-based sessions.  However, we’ll be glad to schedule a time if you’d like to come in and give the drills a try 🙂
Everyone MUST attend one MANDATORY Basketball Evaluation. They will take place at Sullivan First Christian Church on:
Monday, December 28, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 29, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Is there a cost?

Registration is $55, optional matching shorts are available for an additional $14
($10 late fee/shipping fee for signups after January 20th)
Please contact us if you’d like to participate and need information on financial assistance.

What are my NEXT STEPS?

  1. Register Online at
  2. Attend the MANDATORY Evaluations on December 28 or 29.
  3. Watch your emails for more information!
Registrations can be anytime before the first session, however
First Session – Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Want to Volunteer?

We are looking for Volunteers in the following areas:
  • Head Coach
  • Assistant Coach
  • Host Families
  • Prayer Partners
  • Evaluation and Orientation Volunteers
  • Halftime Activity Leaders
  • Referee’s
  • Scorekeepers
If you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, you can sign up online at or contact Matt Cress at for more information!
Each Volunteer Opportunity is described below:
  • Head Coach
    Impact the lives of young athletes by volunteering as a head coach! We will be there to support you along
    the way with all the resources you will need to lead your team.
    TIME COMMITMENT: 3 hours a week
    (1 hour practice; 1 hour game; 30 minutes – 1 hour prep time)
  • Assistant Coach
    Make a difference by helping the head coach lead the team.
    TIME COMMITMENT: 2 hours a week
    (1 hour practice; 1 hour game)
  • Host Family
    Serve as a connecting point for parents and players on a team to the church.
  • Prayer Partner
    We need people who will be committed to praying each week for our season to change lives.
  • Evaluations and Orientations Volunteers
    The first impression a family has of their Upward Sports league will be at evaluations. Help make sure our league provides the most exciting and welcoming experience possible. Volunteer to help our league evaluations by running stations, welcoming parents and athletes, and providing directions around the facility.
    (Evaluations are only held prior to the season. The number of registered participants determines how many hours of evaluation time are needed.)
  • Halftime Activity Leader
    The halftime of each game provides a key opportunity to engage spectators with a lesson about Christ and his love for us through a fun and interactive experience.
  • Referee
    Do you have a passion for the sport and a working knowledge of the rules of the game? We need your
    help teach the game by enforcing the rules.
    TIME COMMITMENT: 2-4 hours a week (Saturdays)
  • Scorekeepers
    Help by keeping the time and score for games.