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Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

2727 SW 119th St
OKC, OK 73170
Services at:
8:15, 9:30, 10:50a

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Every child is a winner! This is the slogan of Upward Sports, and yet Upward is about a lot more than dribbling, bounce passes and cheer megaphones. It is one of the most intentional tools for helping us make disciples of Jesus Christ!

If you have any questions, contact Mike Russell at 305-2007 or like us on Facebook: St Andrews UMC Upward Sports.

Top Ten Reasons to be in Upward

  • Practices are just once a week.
  • Games are at the same time every Saturday to make weekend planning easy.
  • The concessions and game snacks are the best.
  • Kids learn basketball skills and plays.
  • Upward Basketball night at the Thunder and opportunity to greet Thunder players.
  • The player Introductions and running through the fog.
  • End of the year celebration with outstanding talent and food.
  • Weekly devotions with the kids during practice.
  • Weekly half time devotions for the whole community.
  • Opportunity to know Jesus Christ Lord and Savior.

Upward promotes character and fun for every child and gives your child a chance to experience good sportsmanship on and off the court.

For more information, contact David Johnson
St. Andrew’s UMC - (405) 692-4242 x105

This is a church-wide ministry and everyone is encouraged to participate and get involved as a prayer partner, head coach, assistant coach, devotional leader, and/or concession stand helper.

-Every player plays every game!
-Players are rotated every six minutes!

Upward offers an evangelistic sports ministry, specifically designed for first through sixth grade boys and girls, that promotes salvation, character, and self-esteem in every child. In addition to basketball, we offer a cheerleading program to complete our Upward Ministry. Contact David Johnson for more information. Return to | top |

Parent's Guide for Basketball
Parent's Guide for Cheerleading

What Makes Upward Different?

Mission Statement

To introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports.


The Expectation of God-Moments
We believe that God is at work all around us.
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The Life of Integrity
We believe that how we live is more important than what we say.
Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The Discipline of Excellence
We believe in serving that exceeds expectations.
Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The Priority of Children
We believe that Every Child Is A Winner.
Matthew 18:14 - In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost

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