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.
2008-2010: Chris Moore & Brett Beckwith
2011: Jennifer Klinkowitz
2012-2013: Kevin Drummond & Christine Brevik
2014: Christine Brevik
2015: Jennifer Klinkowitz
2016: Jennifer Klinkowitz
2017: Jennifer Klinkowitz & Rebecca Tew
2018: Jennifer Klinkowitz & Cameron Tummino
2019: Jennifer Klinkowitz
2020: Jennifer Klinkowitz
2021: Jennifer Klinkowitz & Ray McDaniel
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!
Registration is September 28 - November 1.
NO Requests for team placements
ALL Teams are Co-Ed.
For general Upward.org information, please see: http://upward.org/parents/kidsbasketballfaqs/
Our program is run by volunteers. Please review our Volunteer Opportunities tab (below) to learn more about our volunteer roles. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or you may register online.