Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading provides a Christian sports experience for every child. We teach the children how to be Christ’s light in the midst of competition.


• Friendly sports environment where children have fun learning how to be a Christian witness
• Trained coaches and referees who encourage your child
• Christ-centered lessons shared at each practice and game


• Quality game-day uniform, other sport specific gear and multiple recognition awards
• One-hour practices and one-hour games, weekly


The same experience you have come to know and love through our Upward Basketball program but crammed into one week. During camp they learn and practice the different aspects of the game from our Rocky River High School Varsity Basketball team and coaches. All will be done in a Christian environment with daily devotions and Christ like support and encouragement offered along the way.

WHEN: July 9th - 13th, 2018

TIME: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

WHO: Any children from 5 years old through 6th grade.

COST: $55.00 per child (includes t-shirt, water bottle, and basketball)

SIGN UPS: To register for Upward Mini Camp, please contact our Upward League Director, Jason Kraft, at: kraftjj@icloud.com

If you would to volunteer to help out with Upward Camp this summer, please contact Jason Kraft at the email posted above.


If you have signed up for Upward Sports or Upward Camp, please be sure to have filled out the medical & photo release forms for RRUMC. To access these forms, please click on th button below which will take you back to the Children's Ministry page. Please scroll down and feel free to fill out these forms online!


Contact: Jason Kraft, Director of the Upward League - kraftjj@icloud.com

Upward Half Time Devotions

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve in one of the many ministries at Rocky River United Methodist Church? Please consider leading a half time devotion during the Upward Basketball and Cheerleading season. No experienced required, just a willingness to serve and a love to spread the light of Christ. Create your own or use the devotion created for that week. If you arew interested in signing up, click on the button below!

Contact Jason Kraft at upwardrrumc@yahoo.com or 440.476.0861 or Quinn Bennett at qbennett@rrumc.org for more information.

Already signed up to lead one of these half time devotions? Then feel free to click on the button below to access the devotions for the week that you will be leading!


Upward Mini-camps

Cost per participant is $55. Registration includes a t-shirt, basketball, and water bottle. Please note registration will be limited to 100 participants. Upward camps will include K5 to 6th grade.

Volunteer Opportunities

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading is successful due to the service of many volunteers. We are still in need of referees. Feel free to contact Jason Kraft for more information via email or phone.