We are officially our own 501c3!

Monday, June 01, 2015 8:15:41 AM

Parents, Coaches, Athletes, and community members,


We are excited to announce that as of today, June 1, 2015, our Upward Stars Upstate sports club is officially our own 501c3! The Upward Stars Upstate Staff is extremely excited about this move and what it means for our club.


To be clear, this won’t change a lot from the outside looking in. We will still be “housed” out of the beautiful Upward Star Center and Volleyball Center. The Upward Stars Upstate administrative and coaching staff will remain the same (probably even grow).


We are in a unique position in that Upward Sports (corporately) has a goal of creating sports clubs, like Upward Stars Upstate, all across the United States. We are looking at markets around the US to help find leaders to run Upward Stars programming.  In fact, they are currently in 29 locations for basketball and 3 locations for volleyball (http://www.upward.org/stars)


With our local club (volleyball and basketball), Upward Stars Upstate, being in the Upstate of South Carolina, we are also in the same area as the Upward Sports national office and the Upward Star Center. While the three organizations have the same mission of promoting the discovery of Jesus through sport, each has individual goals, staff, and structure.


Some things that will remain the same….

-          Our Core Volleyball and Basketball staff will remain the same and will possibly grow.

-          Offices will still be located in the Upward Star Center.

-          Practices/Training conducted out of the Upward Star Center and Volleyball Center

-          Tournaments will still be hosted at the Upward Star Center and Volleyball Center which will help reduce travel costs to our families

-          Ben Baldridge will remain the Club Director of the Upward Stars Upstate (and will head up basketball) and Corey Helle will continue to be the Volleyball Director.


Some things that will change….

-    We will be a tenant of the Upward Star Center/Volleyball Center

-    We will need volunteers throughout the season to help serve

-    We will need to do a couple fundraising events to help with scholarships for our athletes. (We have given out over 50k in the last 3 years for players to play).

-    We will have a board of directors that will help lead and support our vision 


We are excited about the opportunity and look forward to what God has for the club. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask.