Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Upward Photo Album, #3 ...

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading recently wrapped-up its Spring 2010 season here, in the Tall City. Here are some moments from that season, in the third of four batches of photos. Trying to take these photos gave me a TREMENDOUS appreciation for the work done by professional sports photographers who regularly deliver resiults far better than I can manage.

Upward introduces children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports. Upward is a fun, reliable, passionate and encouraging sports experience for boys and girls, in K5 through sixth grade. Upward provides first class, organized and detailed sports programming. Unique aspects of Upward include an evaluation system that promotes equal and competitive teams as well as a substitution system which allows for equal playing time for all participants.Through Upward, children are exposed to quality coaching and sport development. Upward emphasizes character and integrity instead of a “win at all costs” mentality associated with today’s sports world.

And, NO, you don't have to be a member of a church in order to participate!

There are all kinds of ways you can help the Upward program in your community ... all kinds of ways you can become a West Texas Missioner. You can be a coach, or an assistant, a referee or a timekeeper. You may also choose to present a brief devotional to the audience during the halftimes, while the teams are resting and getting ready for the next round of play. Your focus can be current events, a piece of Scripture from the Bible, or sports. You can compose your own, or work from guidelines that participating churches will provide you.

You can also help by signing-up your child, then heading to the game and cheering for everyone on the floor!

In Midland, there are programs at
First Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church. In Odessa, there are programs at First Baptist Church, Second Baptist Church and First Church of the Nazarene. And in Lamesa, there is a program at First Baptist Church.

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