Sports are a great way for children to learn about teamwork, respect for authority and sportsmanship. The sad part is all those things are being lost in today's sporting society. With an Upward Sport, these key essentials are included to create the best sporting experience for every child that participates.


Upward Sports are designed to reveal the winner in every child. Next year will be our fifth season in Upward Sports. here at Living Hope and we're excited to bring you a sports experience like no other.


Upward Basketball is a unique sports league designed to provide an incredible basketball experience, promote community, develop volunteer leadership, and share the love of Christ with children and their families, using something as simple as a basketball. 


Upward promotes, character and self-esteem and knowing God in every child. It is an great, healthy alternative to the win at all costs mentality of many sports programs


Children learn while having healthy competition, playing for the fun and love of the game. They learn about the sport of basketball in one of the most positive environments you will ever encounter.


Every child will play the same amount of minutes over the entire season and every child will start the same amount of time over the season with Upward's unique substitution system


  • Q. What is Upward Sports?

    Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian sports program for children. It was designed for elementary age children. It aims to promote positive character and self-esteem in every child and present children with the Good News about Jesus. See for more information.

  • Q. How do I register my child?

    The basketball league is open for girls and boys ages 6-12. You can register anytime of the year but the season is 10 weeks long starting in February Register at or call 902-445-5908

  • Q. Is there a cost?

    .Early registration cost is $120 per child for complete player kit ($105 for jersey only). After January 25th, the cost is $125. Registration includes a reversible jersey, t-shirt, end-of-season gift.

  • Q. How long is the season/program?

    The season starts with evaluations the end of January practices and games start in the middle of February and end in early May

  • Q. How much of a time commitment is this on a family?

    The time commitment is approximately two hours each week. One hour for practice on Thursday nights and one hour for a game each Friday night.

    Basketball practice will be held Thursdays 6-7pm (for younger players) and 7-8pm (for older players) at Duc D'Anville Elementary School gym (please enter around back).

    Basketball games will be held for all players Fridays 7:30-8:30pm at Springvale Elementary School.

  • Q. How can I get involved?

    Upward provides opportunities to become meaningfully involved in the program. Volunteers are needed to:
    - pray for the program
    - coach a basketball team
    - referee basketball games
    - score and timekeeper for basketball games
    - lead a halftime activity


    Training is provided for all volunteers. Coaches are required to obtain a police record check and a free training program provided by Living Hope for all children workers.

  • Q. Is an Upward Basketball league different than other basketball leagues?

    No and yes. It is the same in that basic basketball skills are taught and games played against other teams. It may be different in that: The emphasis is not on winning but promoting character and self-esteem in every child.

    The substitution system provides every child the opportunity to be in the starting lineup, requires that no child sit out back-to-back periods, and allows every child to play at least half of the game. Children will have the opportunity to learn about life through Jesus Christ.