Basketball fans, beginning September 10th, 2013 First Baptist Church in Wentzville will be offering Upward Academy. Led by a master coach who has experience taking players to the next level, Upward Academy is a six week intensive skills development academy for 4th-8th grade boys and girls that will provide athletes two 90-minute practices each week on Tuesday and Thursday nights, along with three Saturday scrimmages, two high quality shooting shirts, and more.
Born from the feedback of parents nationwide who are seeking to better develop their child’s basketball skills and prepare them for the next level of play, Upward Academy is an offering from Upward Sports. Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian sports league for youth athletics. Upward Sports is the only youth sports program with the 360 Progression, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players develop and grow in their personal athletic journey. The 360 Progression offers comprehensive training and instruction that increases in intensity with each athlete as they improve, enriching their physical, emotional, social and spiritual growth.
Upward Academy is currently only being offered in eleven cities nationwide. In the St. Louis region, Wentzville First Baptist Church is the only Upward Sports church partner to be conducting Upward Academy at this time. Upward Academy is meant to prepare young athletes for the next level of play, be it as a part of a school team, travel team or Upward Basketball team. Upward Academy will develop the mental, athletic, spiritual and social skills necessary for an athlete to succeed both on and off the court. Through exposure to the life lessons that are inherent in sports, Upward Sports athletes become stronger in mind, body, and soul, leaving them ready to take on whatever the future holds.While Upward Academy is being sponsored through Wentzville First Baptist Church, the Academy will actually take place at Wentzville United Methodist Church, located at 725 Wall Street in Wentzville. The cost for this six-week intensive Academy experience is $125 per player, and registration is limited to the first 80 participants to register. Parents seeking more information and to register their child can go to www.fbcwentzville.com and click the Upward Sports link.