Basketball and Cheer League

Upward Sports, the world’s largest Christian sports league for kids, has become the place to play fun sports for over half a million families in the United States and Canada.

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What is Upward?

• A sports league designed for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 6th Grade
• A basketball league where boys and girls participate in practices and league games
• A program that builds self-esteem, respect for authority, and allows spiritual growth
• A way for a child to have fun, meet new friends, and develop basketball skills
• A nation-wide orgainization sponsored in more than 2600 other churches and over 70 foreign countries

Our Environment

We have a indoor facility with a built in court in our sanctuary. We have most games here at our facility and rent out another facility to host additional games. We have several rooms in our upper level where the cheer squads practice their routines. 

Location: 1640 Peppers Ferry Road, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073

Telephone: (540) 382-2160

Email: [email protected]

Practice Hours Vary: 

Kindergarten practices on Fridays from 6pm-7pm @ Good Shepherd Baptist Church

1st -6th Grade practice Mondays, Tuesdays,  and Thursdays  between the hours of 5pm – 9pm 


Upward at GraceLife’s Mission & Vision

Promoting the Discovery of Jesus Through Sports.


A Word

From Our Upward Director

Welcome to upward 2019-2020. My name is Daniel Gibson and I’m the Upward Director at GraceLife. It’s my goal that you and your child will enjoy your experience with us at Upward. We have taken steps this off season to try and improve the quality and fairness of the games as well as the practice and game day environment. Our cheerleading program was a success last year and we look forward to growing that aspect of our program. We continue to improve the experience for your girls every year. We encourage you to ask us about other opportunities we have for children at our facility.

– Daniel Gibson


Upcoming Events & Activities



January Practices Resume

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break! We will resume practices January 6th!



Official First Games

Beginning January 10 and 11 we will have our first official games of the year! Check with your coaches on your schedule or visit our Basketball Leagues tab.



End of Year Celebration

Every year we have an end of the year Upward Celebration in March! Check back to get more details as our year comes to an end!



News & Announcements

Check back here for news and announcements pertaining to games, cancellations, team events, and other upcoming opportunities. 

First Gameday!

IT'S GAME DAY!!! Our first games are scheduled for this evening at GraceLife and Good Shepherd (for our Kindergartners)! We look forward to getting our 2020 season underway! If you aren't familiar with the GraceLife facility, or have family and friends coming for the...

Last Week of Practices!

We are having our last week of practices before Christmas and the New Year! We will resume the week of January 6 with our first games beginning that weekend - June 10 & 11! Just a reminder that if you have not paid, please bring your money this week to practice so...

2019-20 Season On The Way

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Registration is now open for our Facebook friends! We are in the process of updating our Upward website, so we'll keep everyone up to date through Facebook in the meantime! Upcoming Dates: Oct 17, Oct 19, Oct 22, Oct 26- Open Gym...


Coaches and Volunteers


Years Established

Get In Touch

Location: 1640 Peppers Ferry Road, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073

Telephone: (540) 382-2160

Email: [email protected]

Social Media: fb.com/gracelifeupward