Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. Upward Sports is the only organization that offers the 360 Progression™, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys. The 360 Progression™ develops total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially – producing players who excel both on and off the field. Today, approximately 500,000 players and 120,000 leaders participate in Upward Sports Recreation and Performance programs each year.
In 2012, Upward Sports created a Performance Division known as Upward Stars. This expansion provides opportunities for young athletes to further develop their athletic skills and participate in a higher level of competition. Upward Stars programs are for young athletes ages 8-18 that have the drive and intensity to perform at a high level of competition. Upward Stars programs are led by Certified Leaders in over 40 cities across the country.
For more information on our Upward Sports programs please visit http://www.upward.org/
Promoting the Discovery of Jesus Through Sports
Upward Stars-Nashville History: Upward Stars-Nashville was launched successfully in January 2014, as nine basketball teams (based in Williamson County) participated in spring/summer basketball tournaments throughout Tennessee. After experimenting with some fall teams and fall/winter programming, and upon receiving much positive feedback from athletes and their families, Upward Stars-Nashville expanded to 18 teams in spring, 2015. Their reach extended to 600 plus families through team play and/or developmental programming (clinics, camps, 3-on-3 play, etc.) in 2015. Therefore, Upward Stars-Nashville quickly became the fastest growing "club/basketball programmer" in the Middle Tennessee area!
In 2016, Upward Stars-Nashville expanded into north Nashville (Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Madison, etc.). Six spring teams were formed for tournament play in north Nashville, along with 21 teams based out of Williamson County. In 2015, Upward Stars-Nashville connected with 1,000 plus athletes through team play and developmental programming.
Still shy of four years old, Upward Stars-Basketball is experiencing much success in 2017, expanding to 37 spring tournament teams and 11 summer teams competing in summer leagues (Williamson County and North Nashville Hubs). Over 600 athletes attended tryouts! The club's 2017 spring/summer tournament teams are competing at a high-level, having won 30 Championships, earning 42 runner-up finishes, and 44 semi-final appearances in national/regional/& local tournaments. !
Parent, athlete, and coach feedback continues to be very positive, as the approach to intentionally making a difference in an athlete's life both ON and OFF the court has been well received. Below is some feedback shared from the parents of athletes who participated in their program over the past few years:
"Your attention to detail...to the lessons that focus on character and Christian principles you share are top notch."
"Your Upward Stars' coaches have had a HUGE impact on my boys in a very short period of time. Is basketball important in my household? YES!! Are strong, male Godly influences in my sons' lives more important? YES!!"
"Thank you for making Upward Stars a great experience and opportunity to put Biblical truth into the hearts of all our boys. I hope Upward Stars continues to thrive in Middle TN!"
" I just wanted to take the opportunity to let you know how impactful your program has been for my boys and how much I appreciate all that you and the coaches do for these kids... it means more to me than I can even explain, to see adult men pouring into their lives in a positive way.... They have been so excited every time they have come and absolutely love the coaches who are working with them. So, I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for encouraging my boys, and pointing them to their Heavenly Father in the process. Please feel free to let your coaches know they ARE making a difference!
"It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a great organization. Thank you all for the lifelong lessons your coaching staff has planted in my son. The coaches are remarkable & my son has really bonded with all of his teammates."
" I just wanted you to know that my daughter LOVED last night's skills class. She was overjoyed afterwards and kept talking about how much fun it was. She had a sour basketball camp experience this summer and was very nervous about this academy. So thanks to Upward Stars!"
"Thanks Coach! Sports only last a short time in a young man's life, but his walk with the Lord is for an eternity!"
You can learn more about Upward Stars-Nashville by watching the short "Williamson Sportslight" video produced by the williamson source in 2014 (five minutes). You can also click the following links for more recent videos: Upward Stars' Overview and Reflections - More Than an Athlete. The "NEWS" page on the club's website features tournament championships and other spotlights (several pages of stories); the "COMMUNITY" page features how their athletes give back/serve the community.
We hope you and your athlete will choose to be a part of Upward Stars-Nashville, as they strive to impact athletes: MENTALLY, ATHLETICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, and SOCIALLY! Playing With Purpose!