Academy

Upward Academy

The 2018 Upward Academy has come to a close.  Please check back with us in early summer 2019 for information about our 2019 Fall Academy.

One of the biggest needs in today’s youth basketball culture is for an environment that focuses on skill development and training in fundamentals. There’s a reason Europe churns out such skilled basketball players – they grow up being drilled and drilled in important facets of the game. In 2013 FBCW was one of a select few churches nationwide to first partner with Upward Sports in developing and implementing Upward Academy, and we are currently the ONLY church in the St. Louis region offering an Upward Stars Academy experience.

Upward Stars Academy is an intensive six-week Developmental Program offered through the Upward Stars, the Performance Division of Upward Sports, and is exclusively offered through mission-aligned leaders and church partners. Running for six weeks, the Upward Stars Fall Academy will significantly help young basketball players improve their individual skill set, understand the game at a more complex level, and be better prepared for their next season of league competition.

The Upward Stars Fall Academy is led by experienced coaches to prepare players for the next level, including the school team, a travel/select team or their Upward recreational team. Through their participation in Upward Stars Academy, athletes will experience the 360 Progression, a uniquely designed sports experience that focuses on developing the total athlete mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially. This is accomplished by being challenged to improve on and off the court, participating in character lessons and service projects, and a variety of other team events. It’s our goal through Upward Academy to instill our athletes with more complex teaching on not only the sport of basketball, but also on the importance of living a Christ-centered life and what that looks like in their interaction with others.

The 2018 Upward Academy has come to a close.  Please check back with us in early summer 2019 for information about our 2019 Fall Academy.

To learn more about Upward Academy and the 360 Progression, visit www.upwardstarsstlouis.org