The Upward Sports program is a unique faith-based sports program designed for children grades K5 through 6th. Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest sports league for young athletes and is the only youth sports program with 360 Progression, a uniquely designed sports experience that develops the total athlete–mentally, athletically, socially and spiritually. This program provides valuable resources that aid in planning, training and executing this first-class, organized and detailed youth sport.
Today, approximately half a million players participate in the Upward Sports recreation clinics, camps and leagues in 47 of the United States and 72 countries, which are hosted by over 2,500 church partners. These teams have won nine major tournaments in the Southeast, and 17 players have accepted Division I and II college commitments.
We have been a part of the Upward Sports Program for five years, or seasons. Each year/season, we have continually grown in size as the word is spread throughout the Rialto Unified School District and in the Inland Empire. We currently offer two of the sports programs, Soccer (February - June) and flag-football (August - November).
Families from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds are welcomed to participate in this sports program. Since Sunrise Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural church, these families see that they are accepted and encouraged to not only be part of the Upward Sports Program with their children, but also to come and worship in a multi-cultural setting. We have found that a lot of these families have no church background and are now attending Sunrise Church due to Upward Sports.
The Upward Sports Program focuses on both the personal and physical development of our young athletes. We emphasize character development through emotional, social and spiritual growth. Our athletes learn both team and sports skills that will make an impact in all stages of their everyday life. We feature a safe and uncompromising place for the children to grow through team sports.
Our major theme is FUN! At the end of each game, the game score, team standings and player stats are thrown out. All of the coaches, referees, support staff, fans, families and teammates cheer for each of the athletes. With just a single hour of practice per week and an hour game on the weekends, Upward Sports fits the busy lifestyle of our families while promoting values that matter to them.