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Michie has been a faithful member of Jarvis church for many years, serving in various leadership roles. His involvement with "The Walk to Emmaus" program served as a catalyst in furthering his Christian walk. The program considers the model of Christ's servanthood and encourages us to act in ways appropriate to being "a servant to all" by surrounding others with Agape love. Michie has served on the Board of Trustees, Administrative Council, and as a church delegate to the annual conference. He has taught adult and children's sunday school, and has served as an adult team leader on missions trips to Biloxi Mississippi, Pittsburgh, PA, and El Salvador. He has also served as a volunteer in the 9am Praise & Worship service since it began, currently as a sound technician. He is married to wife Alyson and has three children and a brand new grandson. As we move into a new era of Upward Basketball in Greenville, everyone should consider what role they might play in this vital mission of the church. Share the vision when it all started 8 years ago and "Be like Michie" by stepping out to help further move this program in the direction pleasing to Christ. Please consider how you can "plug in" to help the church have a successful Upward year. Read More
Dennis will celebrates seven years has the Guy behind the camera, computer and the league director known as The iPad Guy! With over 100+ iMovies posted throughout the Jarvis & St. James Upward League web site, he looks forward to another season of amazing shots both on and off the court. Dennis provides the logistics for registration, evaluations, volunteers, Upward League Management system, the Web Site/Facebook pages, and all those e-mails from the early advertisements thru the end of year Upward Celebration Final video highlights - The iPad Guy .... DENNIS LEANHARDT covers everything! Read More
Maddie Adams is an exceptional student in her sophomore year at ECU. Maddie has been part of the Cheerleading Coaching staff for five years and is coming back as the Upward Basketball Cheerleading Commisioner for the 2017-2018 season. Maddie also actively coordinates the Upward Team Picture Day in February each year. Read More
Bob has made Upward Basketball at Jarvis Memorial an unforgettable experience with his high energy announcing at the beginning of every Game. Ok, Basketball Fans, let's get ready "IT'S SHOWTIME!" An awesome Guy and truly the VOICE of UPWARD BASKETBALL ... BOB MILAM! Bob has been announcing at Upward games for a very, very long time and is often joint by his wife Alicia Milan at the scorers table where they keep the program running like Clockwork! Read More
Tom has been involved with Upward Basketball for each of the five years since St. James UMC joined Jarvis Memorial in a combined effort to advance the league. Tom can been seen doing just about anything and everything at St. James UMC when it comes to Upward. He is Mr. UPWARD at St. James covering Gamedays and Practices whether the announcer, devotion leader, referree, scorekeeper, director, administrator, etc. he is the go to GUY. In season 2017-2018, Tom was instrumental in arranging two extra Tuesday practice night time slots to accommodate the additional registration for the 5-6 Boys division that practices and plays there games at St. JAMES UMC. Tom has also serves St. James church as their Treasurer for many years. Read More
Chris has been a referee in each of the previous 7 seasons bad knees and all. His love for the game, coupled by his love for teaching children Christ like values has kept the pain in his knees at bay. Chris is a role model on the basketball court making very intentional calls while speaking softly and never in anger. Chris takes the time to explain his call so the young child will learn to respect the authority of others in their life while trying to improve their performance. Read More
Both Scott & Rich are veteran coaches having been in the league since it's inception in 2010. Both are enthusiast sports fans that saw the opportunity to share the Gospel message thru Basketball. Both have volunteer experience in multiple areas (i.e. Boy Scouts, Bible Studies, Youth Ministries, College Ministries, Sunday School Leaders, and multiple civic/community organizations, etc.). "The coach is the key component to fulfilling the mission of Upward. The entire mission is in the hands of the coach, at practices and games. In Upward Basketball, the success of the coach is not based on wins and losses. The success of a coach is characterized by how he or she conveys Christ in actions and attitude on and off the court as well has how he or she teaches and encourages within the sport of basketball." The decision to be a coach or referee for Upward Sports is no small matter. You have the opportunity to make a huge, positive difference in the lives of kids in our community. We believe that a great league starts with coaches who understand the Upward mission: "To share Christ thru the game of Basketball". Read More
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