“Here we go Upward, here we go (clap, clap). Here we go Upward, here we go.” We are going to miss hearing the spirited chants from our cheerleaders. “Stay with your man…arms up…rebound.” These common phrases from our coaches still resonate, even all games have concluded.
Once again we have come to the conclusion of Community Upward’s Basketball and Cheerleading season. It’s always a bittersweet time of the year, filled with so many emotions.
We are so grateful for the volunteers who make our league function from week-to-week. There are so many folks who are dedicated to making Upward an amazing ministry. There are at least 150 people (at both Friedberg and Hopewell) who make game day run smoothly; many of these individuals work solely behind the scenes.
We are thankful to God for providing the talent and skills of the coaches. The direct reach these individuals have to our players and cheerleaders is a key to our league’s outreach. Matthew 5:16 reads, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Each coach serves as a role model and his/her light shines as an example. No amount of thanks can be expressed for everything our coaches did throughout the season.
We are blessed with an amazing leadership team! This small group of willing workers make decisions that effect the league from the first day of sign-ups to the conclusion of the End of Year Celebration. From how it functions to putting together our special events, our leadership team is the brains behind the operation. They are workhorses and go far beyond any expectation imagined. They work throughout the year (okay…they are allowed about three months off), but the league is always fresh on their minds.
We are fortunate to have a group of prayer partners that stand behind our league. There are 100 people from our local community who committed to pray during the 100 days of the Upward season for lives to be changed. Mark 11:24 states, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” There is no doubt that prayer works and God provided through the season.
Lives were changes, blessings were received, values were instilled, friendships were made, relationships were built, the spirit was received, God’s love was sensed, sportsmanship was taught…we could go on and on! The seeds of respect, gratitude and trust (our season’s virtues) were planted and we hope to see those grow within our prayers and cheerleaders.
Overall our 5th season was a success! As we close the books on this season we and anxious to see what God holds for next season.