"This is Not Your Normal AAU Team. This is a Family." - Javis Howard's Story

This is Not Your Normal AAU Team. This is a Family.Before I played with Upward Stars, I was lost as a person, immature and lacked social skills. I wasn’t sure I was going to make to the next level in basketball, and I wasn’t sure about where I was going in life.

That quickly changed when I joined Upward Stars. This is not your normal AAU team. This is a family. Everyone looked out for one another and cared for each other. The coaches not only taught us about basketball; they taught us about life and what matters off the court. They wanted to make me a better athlete, and most importantly, a better individual overall.

I’ve grown mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially. I now have a future at the collegiate level and have committed to play basketball at Charleston Southern University. This AAU team, this family, changed my life.