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



News & Announcements

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

Important Message!

2020 UPWARD CAMP CANCELLED We are sad to say that our 2020 Summer Camp, scheduled for June 8-11, for basketball and cheerleading has been cancelled. We pray that all of our coaches, refs, players, and their families are safe and healthy! Refunds will be given soon to...

Tournament Schedule Announced!

5th/6th Grade Tournament Schedule   All tournament games will be held at Christiansburg Middle School. Please note, the game times have been changed from the original schedule that was sent out last week. This is the final version of the tournament schedule.   All...

Upward Celebration is March 2nd!

Join us Monday, March 2 for our annual End of the Year Celebration @ GraceLife! This year will look a little different as we fill the Great Room (Court A & B) with inflatables for a night of fun for the whole family! This is a drop-in event (5:30-8:30pm), but we...


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