Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. Upward Sports is the only organization that offers the 360 Progression™, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys. The 360 Progression develops total athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially – producing players who excel both on and off the field. Today, approximately half a million players at more than 2,000 churches in 47 states participate in camps, clinics, and leagues through Upward Sports’ Recreation Division. In 2012, Upward Sports created its Performance Division – Upward Stars – aimed at young athletes wanting to further develop their skills and participate in a higher level of completion.  Within the first year, approximately 900 athletes competed on Upward Stars teams.

Our Mission:

The Expectations of God Moments: We believe that God is at work all around us.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”   – Ephesians 2:10

The Life of Integrity: We believe that how we live is more important than what we say. 

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”   – Galatians 2:20

The Opportunity to Serve: We believe that it is a privilege to serve others. 

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”   – Mark 10:45.

The Discipline of Excellence:  We believe in exceeding expectations. 

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed; do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  – Colossians 3:17.

The Priority of Children: We believe that every child is a winner. 

“In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”  – Matthew 18:14.

Would you like to volunteer?  We can use you, no experience necessary!!  

Give Doug a call at 735.7432 if you are interested in making a difference in someone's life.

 Upward Basketball - LINDEN

Boys and Girls (Grades 7-12)

Upward Cheerleading - LINDEN

(Grades K-5)

If you are interested in enrolling in these programs, finding out more information, or would like to volunteer we can use your help.  

Please contact Doug Jordan | Upward Director | H: 810.735.7432 or C: 810.241.4726

We encourage you to register online.  Payment may be made online or in person at your child's evaluation.  Payments in person can be by check or cash.  Returned checks will be charged a $25 fee.  Make checks payable to Linden Free Methodist Church   Memo: Upward



    Registration and Evaluations:

       December 3 and December 4 at 6:30p - 8:00p

       December 11 and December 12 at 6:30p - 8:00p 


                                December 11 and December 12 


    Fun Ball:  December 18 and December 19 at 6:15p - 10:15p


Practice and Game Schedule:

    League Practices:  Tuesday practices 6:15p  Girls Cheerleading

                                                                                    (Coaches Beth Thayer and Doug Jordan)

                                    Tuesday practices 7:15p JV Boys

                                                                                    (Team 1 - Coach Bruce Thayer)

                                                                                    (Team 2 - Coach Jeff Jordan)

                                    Wednesday practices 6:15p JV Boys

                                                                                    (Team 3- Coach Rob Henderson)

                                                                                    (Team 4 - Coach Bill Moull)

                                    Wednesday practices 8:15p Varsity Boys

                                                                                    (Coaches Toby Schubert and Derrick Bushon)


    **Practices canceled Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 due to extreme cold weather.**

Game Days: 9a - 2p SATURDAYS   January 12 - March 15

                                                               January 12, 19, 26

                                                               February 2, 9, 16, 23

                                                               March 2, 9, 16

 Playoffs:  March 16, 2019 (CELEBRATION DAY)


9:30a - JV Boys - Teams 1&3
10:15a - Varsity Boys
11:00a - JV Boys Teams 2&4
11:45a - Varsity Boys - Championship
12:30p - Girls

1:30p - CELEBRATION DINNER for all

               CELEBRATION:  March 16, 1:30pm               

                                                                UPWARD basketball for K-6th Grade students will be held through Fenton United Methodist Church and Tyrone Presbyterian Church.                                                       Send them an email at fentonupwardbb@gmail.com