Celebration held to close end of Upward Basketball season

| March 17, 2014

WARSAW – Perry Chapel Baptist Church celebrated the end of its 11th season of Upward Basketball with a special program held Sunday, March 16.

“This facility we are standing in was built so we could bring Upward here and children into the church,” said Rob Clifford, who helps organize the program at the church.

Upward teaches children about sports and the Bible.

“At practice each coach has a devotion and at half time of the games a church member gives a devotion or sings,” Clifford said.

Everyone also gets equal playing time and learn lessons about honesty, kindness and patience.

The program is for boys and girls in first through sixth grade and you do not have to be a member of the church to participate. Clifford said 97 children played basketball this year and 17 were cheerleaders. There also were about 100 volunteers who helped coach, referee, run the snack stand and setup for the games.

Every child who participated this year received an award and was treated to a program by Steve Gambrill, who uses his skills as a magician, balloon artist and ventriloquist to spread the word of Jesus Christ.

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