Fairview Baptist will host two Upward flag football games on Saturday, Oct 22, at 10 a.m.
The first will be kids 4-7 and the second will be 8-11 years old.
Over the summer, several members of Fairview Baptist got together and went to training for Upward Soccer which will begin in the spring and then decided to bring football and cheerleading to Union County as well.
More than just sports, Upward is geared toward reaching out to the community.
“We hope that through Upward, at least one person, if not every single person, child, coach, etc. will come to know Christ and grow in their walk with God” said Program Director, Andrew Kingsmore. Kingsmore coaches the football portion, along with Heath Gregory, Charles West and Glenn Howard.
Kingsmore’s wife, Katie, and Destiny Howard are over the cheerleaders.
Each week, the teams learn a new Bible verse and talk about what that verse means.
“We implement games and activities into the Bible lessons,” said Katie. “So far this year we have covered gratitude, forgiveness, faithfulness, and joy. This week, we will be covering the gospel.”
Katie, who was a high school cheerleader, has been working with the girls on cheers, dance, building and even some tumbling.
“I love sports and I believe there is no better way to reach our community,” said Katie. “I never knew how I would use my talents for God, until now.”
“When I left our second practice I was just so excited about what we’re doing that when I got home I had to run five laps around the house just to calm myself down.” laughed Andrew, adding, “All God asks is that we try. And that’s what we’re doing out here. We’re trying to bring people to Christ and have fun doing it.”