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Our Upward Basketball & Cheerleading League  is a ministry at Temple Church for all families seeking a league that develops the total athlete Mentally, Athletically, Spiritually, and Socially. Upward Sports athletes grow in character, confidence, faith, and sportsmanship. We strive to promote and teach good sportsmanship and teamwork in a Biblical context – we make every attempt to make sure all players get an equal amount of game play. Temple Church is one of many participating churches in a program that is available across the nation. For more information about Upward Sports, visit or call Temple Church at 252-633-3330.  To find out more about Upward Cheerleading, please  click here. 

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading  are  designed for boys and girls from – 8th grade. Upward Basketball teams play by grade (K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, etc.) and Gender with exception of K-2nd (Co-ed). 


Important Dates

Evaluation Day:  At evaluations, your child’s skills will be evaluated and his/her uniform will be sized. Please drop in anytime during the specified timeframes below and plan on 45-60 minutes. We will also have a short parent orientation during this time to explain what you and your child can expect this season. Everyone must attend one evaluation/orientation. 

Evaluation Day is December 1, 2018 

K-4th Grade


5th-8th Grade


One-hour practices per  week will begin the week of January 7, 2019. Practices could be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, starting at 5:30, 6:30, or 7:30 pm, Wednesdays starting at 7:30 pm or Sunday with the first practice starting at 2pm and the last practice ending no later than 9pm.

** Each team practices once/week. During registration, you may choose one day that does not work for you. 

*Grades 5th-8th can practice up to 1.5 hrs/week due to playing full court. 

**Cheerleading practice TBD. 

One-hour games:  The first of 8 games will begin Friday, January 25, 2019, and run weekly on Friday and Saturdays through March 16, 2019. Friday games start at 6:00, 7:00, or 8:00 pm. Saturday games are held every hour, starting at 8:00 am. K4-4th grade play half-court; 5th-8th grade play full-court. Cheerleaders cheer one game/week. 

Picture Day: During week 3 or 4 games. More details to come. 

Award Celebration: Will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 10:30 am in the Temple Church Worship Center. 

 Volunteers  are always needed!

If you’re interested in coaching or volunteering in any way for our 2018-2019 basketball or cheer season, click here! 


Questions? Email our Upward League Director Ray Copeland at