Etna United Methodist Church is excited to be affiliated with the national Upward Sports Organization and Pataskala Church of the Nazarene providing a local league for the youth of Pataskala and the surrounding areas to participate in the Upward Soccer and Basketball seasons to young athletes from ages 4 through eight grade. 

Upward Sports, the world's largest Christian sports league for children, provides a fun kid's sport experience based on healthy competition.  In 2010, more than 550,000 K4 through eighth-grade kids had a great basketball, soccer, flag football or cheer leading experience through one of the 2,400 leagues or camps.

 Games are exciting and each weekend is full of fun, devotions, and tons of energy!  So bring the whole family and even friends to watch these young athletes.

Concessions are available at both locations with candy, chips, drinks, and even pulled chicken sandwiches! (The concession stand at PCN now accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and PayPal Here on your smartphone!)

Both Upward seasons culminate with an awards banquet where the teams and the individual athletes are recognized for their participation. There is no "league champion" as everyone that participates wins. And every child walks away with something to remind them of their experience and the things they learned during the season.

Thinking about how you might be able to get involved? Volunteers are ALWAYS needed. Before the season we need coaches, helpers, and support staff. During the season we also need volunteers to help with devotions and concessions. If you would be interested, please contact the church office (740-927-4554) and we will get you connected to the proper people.

For more information on the National Upward Program, please visit the national web site at https://www.upward.org

Coaches: You can access the coaching portal where you can find practice schedules, devotions, tips, and other resources to help you coach a successful season. That site is https://www.myupward.org