Upward Sports Foundation

Upward Sports Foundation


Partner with us to give young athletes a shot at an Upward Sports program.


The Upward Sports Foundation was created to help young athletes in need through the experience of Upward Sports programs.

Through the support of passionate donors like you, our mission is to provide local churches and partners with resources that positively impact the lives of young athletes by helping players to play, leaders to lead, and providing places to play. All funds support a variety of needs including scholarships, training, resources, and facility costs.

By joining with the Upward Sports Foundation you can give young athletes a shot at fulfilling their dream and finding their purpose through their love of the game.

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. - Luke 2:52

  • 360 ProgressionTM

    A uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys.
    • Mentally
      Make wise decisions
    • Athletically
      Improve physical abilities
    • Spiritually
      Embrace life’s purpose
    • Socially
      Foster healthy relationships

"Success" in
Youth Sports

True success is found in an authentic focus on the player, building strong, Christ-centered athletes with a passion for the game and a desire to be the best person they can be.

In today's high-pressure sports culture, young athletes can be pressured to advance without proper development or are quickly left behind—missing out on the very benefits that make sports such an integral part of development.

Through programs such as the 360 Progression, we are working to reclaim the landscape of youth sports.

"It was a remarkable moment in that young athlete's life, and everyone there felt blessed to be a part of it."
Greg Schell, League Director, First United Methodist Church, Allen, TX

Upward Sports Stories

Dig deeper - and get inspired - by the stories of Upward's rising stars.

Foundation - Upward 360

Upward 360

Upward 360 Logo

Upward 360 members provide an opportunity to bring Upward Sports programs to young athletes across the country. Upward Sports’ programs develop and challenge athletes ages 5 to 18 to grow mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially – what we call the 360 Progression™. With Upward Sports, every athlete is challenged to play with purpose because Purpose Is The Game Changer! With your contribution of $360 or more you will be a game changer for a young athlete. Please consider a generous gift of $360 and join Upward 360 today!


Your gift makes it happen.

  • Get in the Game

    Your gift of $30 takes the first step in changing the landscape of youth sports.

    Support leagues throughout the country by providing the additional resources needed to help young athletes get out of the stands and into the game.

  • Play with Purpose

    Your gift of $60 shows your commitment to the growth and development of a young athlete in need.

    Give a young athlete the opportunity to grow in an Upward Sports league for an entire season in the sport of his or her choice.

  • Upward  360

    Your gift of $360 makes you a member of Upward 360! Champions for true change, you’re showing your support for faith, sports, and kids.

    Create a lasting impact for a group or team with a gift that will enrich them mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially.

Foundation Board Members >> Dr. Andrew Westmoreland: President, Samford University • Glenn Robinson: President, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest  • James Galyean: Partner, Nexsen Pruet, LLC. • Greg Bowie: Retired CFO, Synalloy, Inc. • Caz McCaslin: Founder and President, Upward Sports

Foundation Executive Advisory Council Members >> Jason Clement: Founding Partner, CEO of The Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management • Ethan Drum: Director of Global Sales of Eventa Global • Anthony Flynn: CEO, The Gifted Foundation • Al Mead: Associate Pastor, New Hope Church in Fayetteville, GA • Bruce Shelby: CSO, Continuant • Travis Sinclair: Manager-Public Safety and Recreation Planning, Duke Energy • Deb Weisen: Associate Pastor at Hillcrest Church in Vancouver, WA

Foundation Staff >> Mike Irvin: Executive Director of the Upward Sports Foundation • Brooke Petty: Executive Assistant

Inquiries or Questions

Email us at Foundation@Upward.org.

Checks can be mailed and made payable to:
Upward Sports Foundation
198 White Star Point
Spartanburg, SC 29301

Foundation - Last Quote

"I've been blessed to use something I love – a simple basketball – to share the love of Jesus with children and their families."
David Tripp, Children’s Pastor, Circleville Nazarene, Circleville, OH