Upward Basketball is a Christ centered basketball program for the kids in our area during the months of January and February.
We are in our 12th year of Upward Basketball at Roebuck Baptist Church. We partner with Bethlehem Baptist Church and Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church to provide this Christ Centered Basketball program to the kids of the southwest part of Spartanburg County. Randy Bates, our Minister of Activities administrates this program.
There are approximately 300 children involved in Upward this year from kindergarten – 8th grade. Each child is on a team that practices one time during the week and then plays in games on Saturday. During their practice the coach brings a short devotional during a break and shares the gospel with these kids. Many children have come to know Christ as a result of this basketball program.
During half time of the games on Saturdays our church members take a couple of minutes to share their testimonies and tell what Christ is doing in their lives.
At the end of the season all the kids come together for an awards night where they all receive an award and we bring in a Christian entertainer who performs their show and then presents the gospel.