We are not about sports for the sake of sports. We believe that “winning” is so much more than the score at the end of a game. For us, “winning” is about helping each child discover the skills that will help them grow in character and self-esteem, to gain the knowledge and experience necessary for developing a healthy relationship with their God, family, and community.

We would not be able to invite kids and their families to be a part of our “winning” vision without a solid foundation of non-paid volunteers willing to serve in one or more of the necessary and critical roles that it takes to make Upward Basketball and Cheerleading “work” each season.


Prayer is vital to this ministry. This Team includes a Prayer Commissioner and other team members we call Prayer Partners. Prayer partners need to be committed to praying once a day for specific needs of the league and for players and other participants. You can pray at anytime and from anywhere.

Practice Night Commissioners

Commissioners are needed for each practice night (Tuesday and Thursday) to assist coaches with the setup of equipment prior to practices and to be a focal point for coach or parent questions.


This Team greet/welcome/give directions for key events and games.


This Team includes a Coaches Commissioner, plus one head coach with one or more assistant coaches for each team of players or cheerleaders. Coaches may participate in either the boys’ or girls’ division for the team sports.

Each coach has an important responsibility in providing the atmosphere during practices and games that is consistent with the mission of Upward: “To introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports.”

Each coach is expected to complete a Coach’s Application and attend training offered prior to the season.


The Team of Referress includes a Referee Commissioner and a number of other team members so that we have 2 Referees for each game on each game day.

The referee sets the tone for the game by gathering both teams and their coaches for a brief word of encouragement before play. One referee is needed for each game to call and briefly explain all fouls. There are rules unique to Upward sports that are designed to promote character and self-esteem for all players.

Game Day Set Up

This Team set up before the games begin. This includes setting up the tunnel, goals, or other sport specific needs at least 30 minutes before the first game.


The Devotions Team includes the Devotions Commissioner and team members who oversee the 8 game day half-time devotionals.

These are the volunteer roles we are currently filling. For more information or to volunteer, contact Danny Poyner.

  • Coach Commissioner
  • Halftime Commissioner
  • Prayer Commissioner
  • Referee Commissioner
  • Host Commissioner
  • Cheerleader Commissioner

For the safety of our children we require all adults who work with children under the age of 18 to complete a background check. Please print this form and turn it in to the church office.

If you would like to coach or referee this season, please download and return this form to Danny Poyner.

If you would like to volunteer or have any further questions, please contact us.