Upward Update by the Numbers…
~179 KIDS ages first through 6th grade who have been and will be playing basketball and cheering until the first week of March.
Games are on Saturdays from 8 to 3 and it is exciting to see the kids’ improvement though the season so far, as well as hear what they are learning each practice and game day through their team devotions and our halftime speakers. Our Upward kids are being impacted with God’s truths every week which is what makes Upward such a worthwhile investment of our church’s time and talents.
~53 COACHES who are teaching fundamentals of basketball and cheerleading and godly character lessons to our great Upward kids.
This year we have a great variety of youth and adults from our church–some who don’t necessarily even have kids in the program–who have stepped up to coach and they are doing a fantastic job. As a side note, of the 53 coaches, 13 are teenage youth coaches—that’s so great!
~12 CONNECT GROUP CLASSES AND GROUPS who have given a Saturday to help serve in the Hungry Fan Café, greet families and score the games during our season.
We couldn’t staff Upward without you all! Thanks for serving!
~10 KEY LEADERS who make Upward run so smoothly with their time and talents during the preseason and every week of Upward.
THANK YOU to our commissioners Randy and Melissa Smith, Robert Smith and Howard Peterson; our Hungry Fan Café staff of Connie & Gerald Miller, Phyllis Legan and Bill Gdanitz; and our announcers Jody Cottengim and Jackson Wolff who keep the games interesting and on schedule. These leaders have made a huge commitment to Upward which encourages others who help them from week to week to do this huge outreach ministry.
Church family, please pray for our Upward players and cheerleaders, their coaches and all of the families attached to each one as we use Upward to “introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports.”
Becca Hungerford, Children’s Ministry Director
One last number…..150 days until the kick off of “GAME ON” Vacation Bible School, July 8-12, 2018!