To encourage and challenge one another as we strive to glorify God through teamwork, self-control, and excellence in all things.
Sports Ministries is a unique opportunity for men, women, and children to practice, compete, and play in sports while keeping Christ as the focus of all things. Through teamwork and a commitment to excellence, participants grow in skill, comradery and discipline giving them tools to take the message of Jesus to their co-workers, classmates, neighbors, and families.
Upcoming Sports Ministry Events
COOL RUNNINGS 5K
Grab a friend and come out for the Cool Runnings 5K on Saturday, October 21 at 8:00am. All ages are invited to participate. The 5K (3.1 miles) begins at Veterans Memorial Park in Bettendorf. Cost is $15/person and includes an event long sleeve shirt. The event is free for anyone who does not want a shirt. All participants must register online.
Registration is still open, but shirts are no longer available.
UPWARD SPORTS BASKETBALL
Upward is a unique opportunity for children to learn the game of basketball while being taught how to compete in a Christlike manner. Players go through the program with the goal of learning and putting into practice basic skills of the game. Coaches will focus on memory verses and have a devotional for each practice. The league is for children K-5th grade. The teams will have one practice (1 hour during the week), and one game (1 hour on Saturday morning) each week.
- Early Bird (9/23-10/22): $60 per player
- Regular (10/23-11/10): $65 per player
- Multiplayer Discount: Parents registering multiple players will receive a multiplayer discount of $5 off per player.
Registration fee includes a jersey and a pair of game shorts for the league.
Key Dates for Upward 2017-2018
- Upward Evaluations: November 10, 2017 | 5:00-8:00pm
- First Upward Practice: December 11, 2017
- First Upward Game: January 6, 2018
- Photo Day: February 3, 2018
- Last Game Day: March 3, 2018
FAQs about Upward:
How does the Upward League pick teams?
Upward is unique in that your child will complete a basketball skill evaluation and a height measurement at evaluation. Those numbers will be used to make up teams of equal players. When a player is playing against another on a team, they should be at a comparable skill level and height, based on their evaluation scores. Coaches and Refs will ensure that the best match ups possible are maintained through out each game.
When are practices and how long are practices?
Practices are one night a week for one hour. Practices will be based on coach availability. There is an option on the registration form to check available dates your child can practice. Players are not assigned to a team until after evaluations. Practices will be held on Monday, Thursday, and Friday nights. Practice times will be determined by players' age and also coach's availability. Practices will be held at 5 pm, 6pm, and 7pm.
What are Evaluations and do I have to attend?
At evaluations you will hear an overview about the league. The players will complete a basketball skill evaluation and be fitted for a uniform. Every child must attend one evaluation time to be placed on a team and have a uniform ordered. Evaluations take approx. ½ hour.