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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


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 Upward! 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



News & Announcements

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

Registration Now Open 2023/24

We are excited for another Upward Season! We now have registration fully open for Upward Basketball, Cheerleading, and Volunteer roles. We will send out follow-up e-mails regarding evaluations and practices. Player Registration:...

Upward Celebration Night

We are coming up on our last weekend of our Upward season! We are looking forward to our Upward Celebration on Monday, February 27! Cheer Squad Performance Schedule during the celebration: 6:30PM Squad 2 7:10PM Squad 1 and Squad 3 7:50PM Squad 4


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Location: 1640 Peppers Ferry Road, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073

Telephone: (540) 382-2160


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