Upward Sports

The world’s largest Christian sports program for children, was created with a vision to provide the best sports experience possible for every child. Each year some 1 million people around the world play, coach, referee, or volunteer in Upward Sports leagues and camps hosted by more than 2,600 churches. Specifically designed for children in K5-9th grade, Upward Sports aim to bring out “the winner” in every child – regardless of the game’s score.

The combined ministry efforts of Valley Baptist and First Baptist churches are very excited as we continue to offer the community of Searcy Upward Basketball and Upward Cheerleading! Upward Sports is a first-class sports experience that emphasizes healthy competition, sportsmanship, skills building and fun versus the “win-at-all-costs” mentality found in many children sports leagues.


Upward promotes character and fun for every child by:

  • Providing an evaluation system that promotes equal and competitive teams

  • Establishing a minimum one-hour practice and game each week

  • Implementing a substitution system for each team, allowing every child equal playing time for K5-4th grade leagues

  • Creating the opportunity for every child to learn and improve their skills in the sport

  • Participating in Upward will give your child a chance to experience good sportsmanship on and off the court. Your child will also receive a special recognition award after every game and will have the opportunity to develop new friendships. Along with the unique sports experience, your child will receive the following Upward items and much more:


  • Basketball T-shirt

  • Reversible Jersey

  • Car Magnet

  • Music CD

  • End-of-season Award



  • Cheerleading uniform

  • Megaphone

  • Poms

  • Car Magnet

  • Music CD

  • End-of-season award


To view all the items your child will receive and to learn more about Upward, visit www.upward.org.