Volunteer Info

Welcome!  We appreciate your interest in serving alongside our ministry!  We are looking for dedicated partners in both sports & recreation leadership as well as behind-the-scenes operations. 

Opportunities within Upward Basketball include:

  • Player Skill Assessment & Orientation - Nov. 9, 6pm - 8pm & Nov. 11, 8:30am  10:30am
This is the FIRST impression that a family has of their Upward Sports experience.  Help us make sure it is the most exciting and welcoming experience possible for them!  Skill station leaders are needed.  (Qualifications include holding a stop watch and encouraging the young players)!  Other roles include uniform sizers and registration table helpers.  Contact the Recreation Office to voulnteer. 
  • Head Basketball Coach (coach application required)

Impact the lives of children and have fun while you volunteer as a head coach! Use your talents to teach sport fundamentals as well as the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity and respect for authority.  Never coached before?  Don’t worry, we will provide you with all the resources from Upward Sports necessary to teach the sport, share life lessons, and coach your team.

  • Assistant Basketball Coach (coach application required)

Make a dfference in the lives of children by helping the head coach teach both athletic skills and values for success on and off the court.  This time could also be used to see if you might want to be a head coach in the future.

  • Shepherd Coaches
We recognize the vital role coaches play in our sports ministry.  In order to deepen the impact our ministry and church can have on the families in our League, we have added this new role for folks who may not feel as comfortable with leading or teaching sports skills yet recognize the power of sports as a platform for connecting, serving, and developing others.  A Shepherd Coach tends to the flock, the team, building relationships with players and parents on the team, encouraging the character and spiritual development through sports, and simply caring for the team in a Christ-like manner.
  • Basketball Referee

Did you play basketball growing up or have a great understanding of the rules of the game?  If so, use this gift to make an impact in the lives of children as an Upward Sports referee.

  • Host Families
A host family can be a family with or without children playing in the League.  The role of a host family is to connect with the families on the team by adopting and serving the team in creative ways that best suit your gifts.  Some examples include coordinating a team outing, being super fans, praying for the team, making goodie bags, or other inventive ways!
  • Team Parent

If you enjoy coordinating details for your child's team and encouraging families to make the most out of their Upward Sports experience, any Coach would be thrilled to have you take on this role for the team! Opportunities are endless in this role and range from coordinating snacks on game days to planning a team gathering.  As Team Parent, you have permission to be creative and do what best suits the team!

  • Prayer Partner

Will you partner with us through prayer as we seek God in every aspect of our Recreation Ministry?  We are in need of those who will be committed to praying for our ministry to bring glory to God.

  • Advertising & Promotions
Help spread the word about our Recreation Ministry offerings!  Do you own a business or know of a place where we can distribute brochures in our community?  Help us reach more children and families by making our programs and activities known to those in our community.

Additional Volunteer Info 
As part of the application process for becoming a volunteer, a background check must be completed for all volunteers interested in leading and interacting with our participants.  Our goal is to maintain a safe environment in order to fulfill our mission in recreation ministry.  We screen applicants both to protect our ministry participants as well as our volunteers.  
A link will be provided for a secure connection to the background check page.   The service we use for background validation is ProtectMyMinistry.com, and a link to their website is available here.