Throughout the process, Upward incorporates short devotions during practices and at halftime of games that teach biblical and worldly values, including teamwork, handling adversity and loving others.
At the end of the season, they present the Gospel and later have an awards night complete with a highlight video, speaker and achievement awards coupled with a second presentation of the Gospel.
Buchanan, who has been involved in basketball either as a player, coach or referee every year since junior high, said she is very passionate about the program. It perfectly combines her three biggest loves: God, family and basketball.
“After coaching basketball for so many years, I realized that, while there are such grand things you can learn from it, we’re missing some of the best things,” she said. “Their whole goal is to take Jesus to every single player and family. On top of that, they want every child to not just become a better basketball player, but become a better athlete. How do you handle situations when things aren’t going your way? Upward is here to try to train kids to do that.”
Buchanan said free registration for the league will be available online at FBC’s website – www.fbcmwtx.org – or in person until Nov. 1. After that, however, they will have to charge for the program: $52 for each participant. Buchanan added they will also need many volunteers to help run the league, which starts practices on Jan. 6.
Games begin Jan. 18 and the older league will have a tournament to finish the season. The last game day followed by the award night will be March 1.
For more information contact Nathan at 940-325-2523 or Kayla at 940-445-0057.