Upward is a fun, reliable, passionate and encouraging sports experience for boys and girls, in 1st through 6th grade. Upward is designed to reveal the winner in every child. Every child plays. Every child learns. Every child IS a Winner!




Through Upward Basketball, children are exposed to quality coaching and sport development. Upward provides first class, organized and detailed sports programming. Unique aspects of Upward include an evaluation system that promotes equal and competitive teams as well as a substitution system which allows for equal playing time for all participants. Upward emphasizes character and integrity instead of a “win at all costs” mentality associated with today’s sports world.

J. Pienkos, League Director


Registration for the 2018 Upward Basketball Season is now closed.


No players will be added after the last evaluation date on November 10, 2017.


First Practice: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Game: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Upward Sunday: Sunday, February 11, 2018

Last Game: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Awards Night: Friday, March 16, 2018

This is a volunteer-based program that we enjoy providing to our community. We could not have a program without your support, and we greatly appreciate you and your family. Thank you for being a part of Upward Basketball.


We are asking prospective coaches to email us as soon as possible so we can plan for our leagues. Please fill out the Coach’s Application to the ledft and send it back to us at upward@lombardchurch.org.

All coaches (experienced and new) will be asked to attend one Coaches Training.

Choose One:

Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

We will ask coaches to choose their own practice time (within our available slots) during coaches training. Teams will be practicing on only one of three available days: Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. We are tentatively considering time slots starting at 5:00 PM, and no practice going later than 9:00 PM.

We know that coaches will have various skill levels so we will work to pair up coaches to achieve the focus intended in Upward – both skill and character development.

Thank you for being a part of Upward Basketball this season. Please contact us at upward@lombardchurch.org if you have any questions.


There will be one, 1-hour practice each week starting the week of January 2, 2018. Practices will either be on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening at the church.


There will be one, 1-hour game per week on Saturdays starting January 20, 2018. Younger grades start at 8:00 am.


All of our Upward Families will be invited to a special service on Sunday, February 11, 2018.



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