• Matthew 19:26
    Matthew 19:26

    Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."

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Youth Development

Our Youth Development programs are intentional in helping develop and encourage young people. Through pre-K instructional classes, activities for students, and opportunities to help encourage an active lifestyle, we have something for you.

  • Upward Tennis

    The Upward Star Center has teamed up with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for a recreation tennis initiative. This parent led program is for ages 4-12, and is held inside the Upward Star Center. Contact kheppeard@upward.org to find out how you can become involved with this initiative!
  • Homeschool Physical Education

    This program is designed for the Homeschooler in mind! Students ages 5-15 will have the opportunity to interact with other children their age in a fun, friendly, and active environment. During a semester, your child will focus on different motor skills while learning different sports and games each month. They will learn proper techniques and game rules that will help them in their development into an all around athlete. Classes meet from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Fridays! Contact KHeppeard@upward.org for more information!
  • Upward Star Center Climb Team

    We are excited to partner with Climb Upstate to offer an Upward Star Center Climb Team! Our Climb Team is for boys and girls ages 8-18. Practices will be held once a week at Climb Upstate and will include instruction and weekly devotions. The cost is $159 for 12 weeks, which includes additional opportunities to practice on your own at no extra charge. For more information, email kheppeard@upward.org .
  • Winter Futsal League

    The Upward Star Center and Carolina Football Club are teaming up to provide the best possible soccer experience in the Upstate! Our winter league is for ages 5-18. Whether you are a 5 year old just starting out, or a high level senior in high school looking to prepare for your varsity soccer season, the Upward Star Center and Carolina FC will be able to fit your needs. Our indoor facilities offer a great opportunity for you to develop your skills in league play and tournaments throughout the year. This 5 on 5 formatted sport is played on a basketball court with an official futsal ball (weighted with less bounce). The cost is $65 per player and all player registrations will be through the CFC website. Contact Joshuagutcfc@gmail.com for more information.
  • Field Trip

    Looking for a field trip for your class? We have a GREAT opportunity for you. Customize your field trip so that you can make it what you want! With options for rock climbing, PE-style games, field day events, lunch, and sport specific programs, we can help lead out a great day for your students! Email programs@upwardstarcenter.com for more information.
  • Lock-Ins

    Looking for a fun event for your church youth group? Email programs@upwardstarcenter.com to start planning a Lock-In at the Star! Your event can be customized to include sports, rock climbing, activities, pizza, and more!
  • Birthday Party

    Let the Upward Star Center host your next party so you can relax and join in the celebration! Whether it is your toddler’s third birthday or a Sweet 16, our staff will work with you to create a memorable event from décor to activities to food. We offer a variety of affordable packages as well as customizable party plans to fulfill your vision down to the last detail. Our staff will work with you prior to your party to assist in organizing your event, and our party facilitator will make sure your children and guests are having fun while staying safe! All of our events can be customized to include sports, rock climbing, activities, pizza, decorations, goody bags, and most importantly FUN! To schedule a party, email dbritton@upward.org.
  • Upward Rec Baseball

    Our Upward Rec Baseball season will be in the summer months.
  • Upward Sports Youth Soccer League

    Designed for K4-6th graders. As more and more young athletes look to develop their soccer skills, Upward Soccer programs aim to quickly enable them to build their skills, speed, strength, and stamina so they can compete at the next level. Registration for our spring league will begin in February.
  • Upward Rec Flag Football

    Upward Flag Football programs aim to develop the TOTAL athlete mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Each kids flag football league and clinic is designed to build football skills, character, confidence, and spirit. Our Flag Football League will be played with games on Friday nights in the spring.
  • Upward Sports Cheerleading

    Cheerleading is a huge part of sporting events at all levels of play. When athletes need encouragement and fans need entertainment, cheerleaders can take your sports experience to another level because they add excitement and spirit to any Upward Game Day!Through our 360 Progression, Upward Cheerleading programs aim to develop each athlete mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Each league and clinic is focused on teaching cheer skills and the foundations needed for the next level of cheerleading. We offer cheer in the winter months during basketball season and in the spring months during the flag football season.
  • Upward Rec Basketball

    Upward Basketball is designed to build athletic skills, character, confidence, and spirit. Whether you are searching for a league, camp, or clinic, Upward Basketball programs are committed to developing the TOTAL athlete mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. Upward Rec basketball will not be held at the Upward Star Center, but you can click on the photo to find a program nearest you using your zip code.
  • Introducing Playsight

    Here is our big news! Upward Star Center has collaborated with Playsight to install 18 4K and HD camera system that allows us to livestream, record and send video of games, scrimmages, practices, AND events. What is in it for you as player, coach, parent, or a tournament director? Click the graphic to find out more.