About Upward Sports


Upward Sports is a world-wide recreational sport organization that has a strong foundation in the Christian faith.

It’s more than just a game, and becoming an athlete. It’s developing the total athlete to thrive and succeed in all they do — mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Athletes are taught how to play the game, but more importantly, they are taught how to live their life for God. 


Upward™ Sports is intended for athletes in kindergarten-6th grade who have the drive and desire to develop their basketball and cheerleading skills. The focus is to teach the game through healthy competition while building athletic foundations that prepare athletes for the next level of play. Through age-appropriate team play, athletes begin to build

positive character traits that will allow them to encourage and strengthen themselves and their teammates.

The season last about 8 weeks starting in January and wraps up in March. Each team plays one game per week and all games take place on Saturday. Teams have only one practice per week that takes place Thursday. 

2021/2022 Registration is Now Open


Early Registration for the 2021 season is now open. We are looking forward to another great season. Please review our FAQ for COVID-19 protocols. You may register here: REGISTRATION



Are you looking for a great way to promote your business within our community? Why not consider one of the following levels of sponsorship — Bronze Sponsor (up to $100); Silver Sponsor ($251-$500), Gold Sponsor ($501-$999), Platinum Sponsor (Over $1,000). With your support of this program we can continue to offer scholarships for families in need. ​
Click here for information on how to sponsor: Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


COVID-19 Protocol for 2021/2022 Season

The following are changes we are implementing for our upcoming season:


Are facial masks required for players? 

At this time, we are not mandating masks for our players. Players are welcomed to wear them at your discretion. We are practicing CDC protocols, and this information is subject to change without notice.  


Are facial masks required for spectators? 

At this time, we are not mandating masks for our spectators. Spectators are welcomed to wear them at your discretion. We are practicing CDC protocols, and this information is subject to change without notice.

What are the cleaning procedures?

The ventilation systems in the building are set for fresh air, and the air flow is not recycled. The chairs and surfaces are being sanitized, but it is not feasible to disinfectant in between each time slot. Sanitization wipes are available to wipe down any chairs, and hand sanitizer will also be available. Basketballs will be wiped down as frequently as possible. 

Will you be limiting the participation size? 

We will be limiting the number of participants in various age groups. This is due to the limited number of game times and practice slots available. We need to put more time between each game & practice to allow for social distancing and cleaning. 

Will you be limiting the spectator size? 

Currently we are not limiting the number of spectators. This information is subject to change based on CDC protocols. 

Are you still having evaluations? 

Yes, We will be conducting evaluations over three nights to reduce the number of people in the building at one time. To sign up for a time slot for evaluations please do so here: EVALUATION SIGN UP

How do I register for this season?

You may register online or by mail. There will limited registration on evaluation night to streamline people in and out of the building. We highly recommend register here prior to evaluations: REGISTRATION


Who do I make the league fee check out to?

You can pay easily online through our quick and easy ONLINE registration process: REGISTRATION.  In the event you wish to submit a check, checks are payable to Community Church of God (a service fee is assessed for any returned checks). Please include Upward Sports in the memo along with the child’s name. You can mail cash or check to Community Church of God, 1215 W. Vienna Rd, Clio, MI 48420 or in person Monday - Thursday from 9am to 1pm.

If my child played last year, do I need to purchase a new jersey?

Yes, Upward changes league colors each year and the jersey is built into the league fees. Shorts and turtlenecks are included with the uniform. 

Can I request to play with a friend or a specific coach?

No, due to the size and complexity of our league we are unable to honor coach or friend requests.  See our Program Director for extreme issues or hardships.

What night will my child have practice?

Practices take place one night a week on Thursdays.  Practice schedules will NOT be available until after teams have been established.

When will I receive my practice and game schedule?

You should receive a call from your coach letting you know your practice time in December. The coach will introduce him/herself and let you know when you will practice. You will receive a game schedule at your first practice along with your uniform and a box of goodies from Upward. This information will also be send via email. 

When is it too late to sign up my child for basketball or cheerleading?

We are closing registration on December 1st. Each year we do our best to get the word out about the program so everyone has plenty of time to sign up. We will do our best to accommodate late registrations based on the sizes of our teams. There will be an additional $20 fee to cover expedited shipping and expenses. Email upwardsports@cliocommunity.org .com to inquire about late registration.

Can I call with questions?

Yes, you may call at 269-930-9033 with questions or email upwardsports@cliocommunity.org