Upward Basketball registration underway in Demopolis

Registration is currently underway in Demopolis for Upward Basketball, a national program designed to strengthen young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially. The season will begin in January.

Participants practice at Saturday morning's Upward Basketball clinic

Participants practice at Saturday morning’s Upward Basketball clinic

The program held its second clinic for children and parents Saturday morning at Fairhaven Baptist Church. More than 100 youngsters have participated in the two clinics, giving organizers hope for a successful first season.

The program is designed to build character and skill for youngsters both on and off the court. The league holds one practice and one game per week, promotes a unique sub system that ensures every young athlete plays and provides a quality game day uniform and other sport related gear. More than 4.5 million youngsters across the nation have participated in Upward Basketball over the past 18 years.

Parents who wish to register their children may do so at Fairhaven Baptist Church in Demopolis, or at First Baptist Church, Demopolis. For more information, call Fairhaven at 334-289-0712 or First Baptist at 334-289-0473.

Youngsters hear a Bible story during the break

Youngsters hear a Bible story during the break

The cost is$62 per child, and all participants must attend one basketball evaluation. Those evaluation sessions will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. for K5 through second grades and Thursday, Nov. 6 from 6-8 for third through sixth grades. A makeup evaluation for all grades will be held Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 6-8 p.m. All evaluation sessions will be held at Fairhaven. Once the season begins, games will be played at Fairhaven and First Baptist.

The first practice for the new season is scheduled for Dec. 2, with the first games scheduled for Jan. 3, 2015.

An awards celebration will be held Feb. 28.