This past weekend saw the completion and celebration of our 2012 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading program. By the numbers:
- 145 players
- 18 basketball teams
- 2 cheerleading squads
- 45 coaches
- 9 referees
- 16 children accepting Christ
- 1 successful season
The above totals do not include the numerous volunteers who helped in the Good & Plenty Café, were part of our Upward prayer team, assisted with set-up and clean-up, conducted half-time devotions, helped with administrative tasks…..the involvement in our Upward program is amazing.
Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is one of ACC’s foremost outreach ministries. As Dave likes to say, combine sports and Jesus and you have an instant winning combination. At the awards celebration, we asked for parent feedback on the season, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few comments: “You’re doing a great job. The coaches care so deeply for (the players) and truly showed Christ’s love to them. You are making an eternal difference.” “We love how the kids hear about Jesus and are taught Christian ethics”. “My family has greatly benefitted for the last few weeks from the program. My children now have a positive view of themselves and have a love of basketball”. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better than that!
I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every volunteer who dedicated time and energy into making this season a wonderful success. We will be celebrating the completion of the season this Sunday, March 25th. If you have Upward spirit wear, please be sure to wear it, and stay a few minutes after the service to enjoy the wonderful Upward Highlight Video.