Upward Football

Expanding Sports and Recreation Ministry at St. James: Upward Football
St. James UMC has a great opportunity to expand our involvement in youth sports without starting a new program. We need an adult leader to step forward to lead a partnership with another church in Greenville that has been involved in Upward Football.
Trinity Church has run an Upward Football program for 12 years. They already have the space and can easily accommodate more kids in the program. St. James can partner with Trinity by encouraging our children to play and by adults and older youth volunteering as coaches and referees.
Upward Sports helps church leaders leverage the power of sports to connect with families in their community. Its mission is to promote the discovery of Jesus through sports. Since 1995, millions of young athletes across the United States have participated in sports programs run by churches using Upward Sports as a strategy to impact their communities. Upward Flag Football programs are designed to introduce young athletes to the game while providing a safe environment to grow in the sport. Flag football is a growing alternative to full contact football that teaches basic skills and concepts of the game.
Here are details of Upward Football as it is currently underway at Trinity:
  • Players are in grades K through middle school
  • Promotion of the tryouts, registration, and games begin in cooperation with Upward Football in April/May
  • Registration opens in June
  • There are two Saturday evaluations of players in July and August
  • There are three practice weeks before the season starts
  • The scheduling of games is made to make sure all games occur before the end of Daylight Savings Time
  • There are seven weeks of games (six weeks of morning games and one week of double headers with church-sponsored lunch/social time in between the games)
If you are interested in participating in Upward Football as a parent, coach, referee, or to spearhead the partnership with Trinity, please contact Chris Garcia at 752-6154.