Upward program offers sports, spiritual opportunities for youngsters
Sunday, January 9, 2011
The fans have gathered, the teams are warmed up, and the cheerleaders have pom-poms in-hand.
Following the coin toss, the official leads both teams, coaches and cheerleaders in a quick word of prayer.
Then, turning to the crowd, “this is a church, but you can still make some noise,” Chris Stegeman, league commissioner, said.
As the Upward Basketball game unfolds, parents along the out-of-bounds line shout encouraging words and suggested directions to the kids on the court.