Beacon UPWARD Basketball Graduates - 2019

For the past three years I have volunteered as a basketball coach at Beacon Evangelical Free Church in their UPWARD basketball program. For those who are unaware, Upward Sports is a Christian sports league designed for kids, offering four sports programs: basketball, flag football, soccer and cheerleading. It was founded in 1995 to provide children with "skills for the sports arena and values for life." While training children with the athletic skills needed to participate at the next level, Upward Sports stresses biblical values—such as leadership, teamwork, integrity and respect—as much as winning.

It has been a very rewarding experience for me, as I had not been involved in organized basketball since 8th grade. As a “gift” for graduating the program, Beacon EF Church has commissioned Devine Imageworks to create 24x36 vinyl posters for their 8th grade graduates. On closing night, the posters are hung around the gym as a way to honor the graduating players and as a way to offer encouragement to the players still in the program. The gallery below depicts the 11 players who graduated the program in 2019.

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