Founded in 1995 by Caz McCaslin in Spartanburg, SC, Upward Sports has grown to become the world’s largest Christian sports league for children. The first-class sports programming—which includes basketball, flag football, soccer and cheerleading—provides a fun sports experience based on healthy competition for kids, teaching skills for the sports arena and values for life.
The Upward Sports Ministry provides an opportunity for boys and girls from K-6th grade to participate in a variety of recreational opportunities in a fun and encouraging environment. From flag football and basketball to soccer and cheerleading, Upward ensures all athletes enjoy equal playing time, instructional practices and game experiences, as well as a sound Bible study and Scripture memory program. Come get in the game with us!
Hillcrest currently offers Basketball in the winter. Upward volunteers are our church members and members of our community who come from all walks of life and are involved by praying for the program, coaching a team, refereeing a game, or sharing a devotion.
Upward programs are open to all members of the community regardless of their religious background.
Soccer – Practices and Games will be held at the Hillcrest Fields in front of the church.
Flag Football – Practices and Games will be held at the Hillcrest Fields in front of the church.
Basketball – Practices and Games will be held in the Hillcrest Gym.
Your child will receive their uniform no later than the first game of the season.
Soccer – We will provide the socks and uniform. You will need to provide shin guards and cleats.
Flag Football – We will provide the flags, uniform, and wristbands. You will need to provide your child cleats (no metal cleats allowed) and a mouth guard. We recommend buying more than one mouth guard!
Basketball – We will provide the uniform. You will need to provide your child with appropriate athletic shoes.
Unfortunately, Evaluations are mandatory. In an effort to create competitively even matched teams, the evaluation process is critical.
Your child only has to attend one evaluation day.
You can bring your child to any one of the evaluation days that we have scheduled.
Anywhere between 20 – 30 minutes depending on the amount of players that arrive at the same time.