Welcome to St. Peter's United Methodist Church


Welcome to Upward 

Updated 8/9/2023

Our basketball program is for children in PreK4 through 5th grade. All of our teams are co-ed. We encourage participants of all skill levels to come out and join us!

How Upward Basketball & Cheerleading became a ministry of St. Peter's UMC...

The idea of offering Upward Basketball and Cheerleading in the Western Communities was born from a conversation between Bishop Richard "Dick" Wills and Rev. Rainer Richter.  St. Peter’s had just completed the Family Life Center, a multi use facility, and Rev. Richter was searching for ways to reach out to the community.  Bishop Wills shared the vision of Caz McCaslin who founded the Upward program in Spartangburg, SC in 1995.  Never one to shy away from a challenge, Rev. Richter decided that Upward Basketball and Cheerleading was a great  way for St. Peter’s to share God’s love with children through the venue of sports.

Children’s Coordinator, John Sullivan had the difficult task of finding just the right people to create a Christian faith-based, Christ-centered program that provides a fun environment for children to learn healthy competition, fundamental skills for the sport, and values for life.  Founding directors Chris Moore and Brett Beckwith far exceeded every expectation!  The foundation they built laid the groundwork for meaningful experiences for children, parents, and volunteers.  St. Peter’s Upward program has continued to thrive and under the leadership of incredible volunteers.

League Directors-Past & Present
Basic Information
About Upward
Rules for 2024
Just for 5th Grade
About Upward

About Upward Sports

Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider.  Today, approximately half a million players at more than 2,000 churches in 47 states participate in camps, clinics, and leagues through Upward Sports’ Recreation Division.

Our Mission
Promoting the Discovery of Jesus Through Sports.

Our Values

•    The Expectation of God Moments
We believe that God is at work all around us.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. - Ephesians 2:10
•    The Life of Integrity
We believe that how we live is more important than what we say.
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. - Galatians 2:20
•    The Opportunity to Serve
We believe that it is a privilege to serve others.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. - Mark 10:45
•    The Discipline of Excellence
We believe in exceeding expectations.
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. - Colossians 3:17
•    The Priority of Children
We believe that every child is a winner.
In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. - Matthew 18:14

Rules for 2024
Just for 5th Grade
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