Welcome to Great Neck Baptist Upward Basketball and Cheerleading for the 2021/2022 season. Upward Sports encourages young athletes to Play With Purpose. Both Upward Basketball and Cheerleading teach the fundamentals of the sport while aiming to teach good sportsmanship using Biblical principles. The Upward Basketball experience at GNBC is a positive, family-friendly sports experience that welcomes the entire community. No matter the age of your child or past sports experience, our Upward Basketball and Cheer experience will be fun for the whole family! 

Upward Basketball and Cheer is a very unique experience for children of all ages and skill levels. First and foremost, we are a ministry that aims to provide children with a Christ-centered sports opportunity.  All participants will be taught spots skills and values while being provided equal playing time. 

Great Neck Baptist Upward Basketball features one hour long weeknight practice and one Saturday game per week. Early registration for the season opens on Friday, October 1.  Evaluations for grades 4th-9th will be conducted in November with team assignments to follow. Practices and games will start in January  and continue through  early March. The End of Season Celebration will be held on the Sunday following the final game.

About our league:

Basketball leagues are co-ed for the following divisions: K5, 1st, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th.

For 6th/7th/8th/9th grade we offer boys basketball teams and girls basketball teams separately. 

Cheer squads are determined by grade for ages K5-9th grade. In most cases, like age/grades cheer together. All cheer squads will wear identical uniforms. No cheer squad will cheer for a specific team. Rather, squads will cheer and encourage all teams that are playing. Cheerleaders will perform cheers and chants on the sidelines during the game. At the end of each quarter and halftime, cheerleaders will take to the middle of the gym to perform a cheer.

Practices will be one hour each week. Practices dates and times have not yet been determined. We make every effort to accommodate schedules, but can not guarantee a specific practice night or time.



Stay up to date with our Upward Sports League. Follow our Upward Sports Facebook page for information on upcoming Upward events and for information about next season.

For more information about the Upward League, pleas visit Upward.org