Upward Sports Ministry

An Upwards Athlete

Pataskala Nazarene is excited to be affiliated with the national Upward Sports Organization providing a local league for the youth of Pataskala and the surrounding areas to participate in the Upward Soccer and Basketball seasons.

Upward Sports, the world's largest Christian sports league for children, provides a fun kid's sport experience based on healthy competition. In 2010, more than 550,000 K4 through eighth-grade kids had a great basketball, soccer, flag football or cheer leading experience through one of the 2,400 leagues or camps.

Running August through October, the 8-week Soccer season draws young athletes from ages 4 through the eighth-grade. Games are Saturday mornings on the Pataskala Nazarene property and draw hundreds of parents, family members, and friends to watch the exciting games. Concessions are available with candy, chips, drinks, and even pulled chicken sandwiches! (The concession stand at Pataskala Nazarene now accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and PayPal Here on your smartphone!) If you are going to attend, check the schedule below for game times. Bring a chair, maybe a blanket, and your enthusiasm to enjoy youth sports at its best.

December brings with it the winter weather and the start of Upward's Basketball and Cheer Leading. PCN is proud to be partnered with the Etna United Methodist Church to bring the Upwards Basketball and Cheer Leading Experiences to Pataskala and the surrounding areas. Games start in January and run every Saturday through the beginning of March. At both locations (PCN and Etna UMC) concessions are available. Games are exciting and each weekend is full of fun, devotions, and tons of energy!Upwards Athletes having devotions

Both Upwards seasons culminate with an awards banquet where the teams and the individual athletes are recognized for their participation. There is no "league champion" as everyone that participates wins. And every child walks away with something to remind them of their experience and the things they learned during the season.

Want to sign-up your child to be an Upward Athlete? Soccer registrations begin in early-summer. Basketball sign-ups start in late September. You can subscribe to the PCN Upward Mailing List to be notified of when the sign-up windows open for the respective sports.

Thinking about how you might be able to get involved? Volunteers are ALWAYS needed. Before the season we need coaches, helpers, and support staff. During the season we also need volunteers to help with devotions and concessions. If you would be interested, please contact the church office (740-927-8614) and we will get you connected to the proper people.

For more information on the National Upward Program, please visit the national web site at http://www.upward.org

Coaches: You can access the coaching portal where you can find practice schedules, devotions, tips, and other resources to help you coach a successful season. That site is http://www.myupward.org


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