Girls basketball

History: Founded in 1995 by Caz McCaslin in Spartanburg, SC, Upward Sports has grown to become the world’s largest Christian sports league for children. The first-class sports programming—which includes basketball, flag football, soccer and cheerleading—provides a fun sports experience based on healthy competition for kids, teaching skills for the sports arena and values for life. 
1986 Developed a kids basketball program that incorporated athletic skills and values for success on and off the court—including sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect for authority  
1994 Reached maximum number of athletes that could participate by outpacing the gymnasium’s capacity (despite a renovation); a wait list was created  
1995 Launched first nationwide season of Upward Sports when seven churches hosted Upward Basketball Leagues with several hundred kids participating  
2000 Expanded to include kids soccer and kids basketball cheerleading
2003 The 1,000th Upward Sports League is hosted by a church
2005 Added kids flag football and kids flag football cheerleading
2006 More than 400,000 kids participated in Upward Sports for the first time. Launched the first Upward Sports League in Canada
2008 The 2,000th Upward Sports League is hosted by a church
2010 Upward Sports tops a half million coaches, referees and other volunteers for the first time  
2013 Some 2,400 churches worldwide host Upward Sports Leagues with close to 500,000 kids participating through the help of just as many volunteers, coaches and referees in 47 U.S. states and Canada

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