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Upward Basketball & Cheerleading

A message about Upward Sports at Chapel Hill


It’s an exciting time to be a part of ministry to families and kids at Chapel Hill right now. We’ve always set a high bar for engaging children and families in their faith, and now we’re in a season of renewed focus and energy, especially in regards to our weekend experience for families. Among the things we’re working on: enhancing our space to be more secure, including investing in a new check in system to make it easier and more secure for parents to drop of their kids; refreshing the Memorial Chapel space; crafting our curriculum and program to be consistent and high quality for whatever service you attend; extra volunteer training and support; and a lot more. Besides what goes on during the weekends, I’ve loved seeing more families engage at Celebrate Recovery and Alpha this past Spring, and I anticipate seeing more kids coming alongside their parents than ever part of those Wednesday night programs. I invite you to see for yourself these exciting changes this fall at Chapel Hill.

This renewed focus is a lot to take on for our staff and volunteers, and we want to do it well. So, as you may have heard, we made the hard choice to pause Upward Basketball and Cheer this year (as well as our Vacation Bible School/Day Camp program this summer) to make some margin for that focus. I say “pause” intentionally. There’s so much to value about what Upward does for our community that I sincerely hope we are in a place to reconsider it when we evaluate our plans next year. But this year we’ve come to realize that we simply aren’t able to host this great program while pushing our core ministry forward at the same time. In the meantime, there are some great basketball and cheer programs available around Gig Harbor. PenMet Parks has reached out to Chapel Hill about their fall programming, which you can see here. And the YMCA also has some offerings here. Finally, there’s also Peninsula Youth Football and Cheer here.

I understand that these don’t necessarily replace Upward, but at the very least they can help kids develop athletic skills and teamwork in a positive environment, some of the very ingredients Upward has.


We will certainly update you on any developments regarding Upward Sports at Chapel Hill in the future. If you have any questions, please let me know.


Pastor Larry Hackman

Executive Pastor

Chapel Hill Church