Register your child now for Upward 2022!


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.

Register by sending the following information to: Upward Registration
- Your child’s name and grade in school
- Your name, phone number and email address

Upward Basketball 2022 costs $115 for the full player kit.

The league runs from mid-February to end of April, 2022. Practices are weekly on Thursdays at Duc D’Anville School. Games are weekly (after the first week) on Friday evenings at Springvale School in Halifax. All playing abilities welcome. Space is limited so spread the word and register early! (Upward Basketball is an eligible league for funding under JumpStart though parents are required to apply for it).

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.


Our goal is for every child to play the same amount of minutes over the entire season and every child will start the during 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 no later than the end of January 2022 for this year’s league. The season is 8 weeks long starting in February and runs until late April. Register at

  • Q. Is there a cost?

    Upward Basketball costs $115 per child for complete player kit ($100 for jersey only). Registration includes a practice ball, a reversible jersey, t-shirt and an end-of-season gift.

  • Q. How long is the season/program?

    The season starts with evaluations in mid-February then moves to practices the following week. Shortly after, weekly games begin and the practices and games will continue until late April for 8 weeks.

  • 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.