As parents, we are choosy about our kids’ food, our kids’ schools, our kids’ doctors, our kids’ medicines–all things that have big impacts on our children. But when it comes to sports, well, quite honestly, some of us choose a league or a camp based on convenience.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I firmly believe that participating in youth sports can have a life-changing impact on a young athlete’s life. I’ve seen it in my own kids and in hundreds of others. With such potential for huge character development at stake, we should be just as picky about our kids’ first youth sports experiences as we are about other influencing factors in our kids’ lives.
For this very reason, I’m excited to introduce you to Upward Sports, a Christian youth sports organization which focuses on providing a fun sports experience based on healthy competition.
Upward Sports has become the place to play fun sports for over half a million families. By partnering with 2600 local churches to operate leagues at various community and recreational facilities, Upward Sports provides 5-12 year-old kids a fundamental sports experience, teaching them the basics of basketball, cheerleading, flag football, and soccer.
Perhaps the thing that distinguishes Upward Sports the most from your run-of-the-mill sports camp or league is its focus on instilling values–self-control, self-confidence, responsibility, hope–and a life-long love of the game. Here’s an organization where the final score is not the only thing that matters. A place that stresses learning fundamentals more than just winning or losing.
Who your child is becoming, what he is learning as he develops his skills–these are more important that what’s on the scoreboard.
Throughout the season, Upward Sports promises that your child will explore and discover their love of the sport by having an equal opportunity to play based on a unique substitution system.
Kids will be individually recognized at each game and find positive role models in coaches and other sports volunteers.
At Upward Sports, families matter.
Upwards Sports leagues give families all the benefits of participating in team sports while protecting them from hectic travel schedules and the win-at-all costs mentality that burns out young athletes. With just a one-hour practice and one-hour game each week, these leagues conveniently fit into busy family schedules.
Imagine that! A league that actually cares about your family and purposes to strengthen families by not putting big demands on their time.
With over 5,000 leagues and camps in the U.S. and Canada, there’s bound to be one near you.
Visit www.Upward.org in order to find the league or camp most convenient for your family. Each league determines when their season begins, but with basketball (and basketball cheerleading) right around the corner, I encourage you to check out Upward.org today.
Yes, this is a paid review. But I stand by my promise to only review products that will help sports parents and their young athletes have a better youth sports experience.
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