CUMMING, Ga. Orange believes in the power of teamwork to maximize influence in the lives of children, and for that reason recently worked with Upward Sports. Orange, an organization that creates curriculum and resources for churches, is very excited to work with Upward Sports by providing three pieces of their program: the weekly practice devotions for kids, weekly halftime activities for parents, and end-of-the-season celebration DVD for families to take home. These components have been a key part of the Upward Sports experience, but have been rewritten and reproduced to contain the innovative Orange philosophy of using virtues to teach biblical lessons to children. Now, churches that already use the 252 Basics children's curriculum from Orange can connect with kids through sports, and similarly, churches that already conduct Upward Sports programs have an opportunity to continue the lessons inside the walls of the church building.
The purpose behind Upward Sports is to connect the local church with the
community through the universal language of sports. Upward Sports
develops, equips and resources local churches to create the type of
positive sports experience that helps to tear down walls and enables
people to see the church in a new light. Rallying around the idea of
creating environments and events for kids, Upward Sports and Orange are
looking to bridge a gap between community members participating in a
12-week sports program, and those same community members participating
in the local church.
By using materials based on Orange curriculum, non-church members
experience what the church is like on the common ground of sports. The
relationships formed on the court or field between church members and
the community is what Upward Sports hopes will motivate community
members to attend church, experience the gospel and become a part of its
Upward Sports and Orange hope this collaboration will provide a
connection point for the community with local churches, fostering
further involvement, and growing young lives toward understanding
virtues, values and the importance of a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
When churches unite the Upward Sports program with what they are already
doing in 252 Basics, they are bridging a gap and providing a track to
run on for families in the community.
About Upward Sports:
Founded in 1995 by Caz McCaslin, Upward Sports is the world's largest
Christian sports league for kids. The first-class sports programming --
which includes basketball, flag football, soccer and cheerleading --
provides a fun sports experience based on healthy competition for kids,
teaching skills for the sports arena and values for life. Today, more
than 550,000 children in 47 U.S. states and Canada participate in Upward
Sports Leagues hosted by 2,400 churches. To learn how to start a