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 is now closed for the 2018-2019 Upward Basketball Season. Upward Basketball is for boys and girls grades 1-6. The cost to register is $120. Your child must be registered and evaluated by November 15th to be placed on a team. Registration fees include a reversible jersey, reversible shorts, an Upward t-shirt, and a player kit. There is a $10 discount for each additional player in the same household. Please contact us with any questions.

The easiest way to register is online. If that is not possible, print this registration form and mail it with your payment (cash or check only) to the church. You may also place it in the drop box attached to the church building. Please make all checks payable to "Lombard Church of the Nazarene". Our mailing address is: Lombard Church of the Nazarene Attn: Upward Registration, 536 N. Columbine Ave. (N. Route 53), Lombard, IL 60148.


Every player must attend one basketball evaluation to be placed on a team.

Choose One Evaluation Time: 

Saturday, November 10th anytime between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm

Thursday, November 15th anytime between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.


Players will be matched to the same team as their coaching parent. Whenever possible, players requesting to carpool will be assigned to practice on the same day; however, those who carpool are not guaranteed to practice during the same hour or to play on the same team.


First Practice: Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Game: Saturday, January 19, 2019

Upward Sunday: February 10, 2019

Last Game: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Awards Night: Friday, March 15, 2019


Partial scholarships are available to players based on financial review. Please contact us for more information. If you, or someone you know, would like to become a sponsor for this season, please visit our Upward Sponsorship page.


All players, families, and coaches are welcome to join us for breakfast at 9:30am and service at 10:30 am on February 10th, 2019. Every player who attends will have their photo taken and will receive a free 5x7 photo at Awards Night. Players are encouraged to wear their uniforms. We hope to see you there!


To learn more about Upward visit: www.upward.org