Sports & Scouting



“Encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thess. 5:11

Established in 1995, Upward SportsTM is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. Upward SportsTM uses the 360 Progression that helps develop athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially – producing players who excel both on and off the field.

WUMC is proud to offer a variety of Upward SportsTM leagues and sessions.

For more information, please email Nina McPherson, Upward Administrator.


Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

Registration for UPWARD BASKETBALL AND CHEERLEADING starts SOON! Online registration runs from August 25th through October 11th! Our basketball program is for boys and girls kindergarten through 12th grade (players MUST be in kindergarten in the fall of 2019 to register). Please read the following information before you register and mark these dates in your calendar:


August 25th – September 27th – EARLY REGISTRATION – cost per child is $130

September 28th – October 11th – REGULAR REGISTRATION – cost per child is $150

Saturday, October 12thMANDATORY EVALUATIONS FOR ALL BASKETBALL PLAYERS – it takes about 45 minutes – times as follows:

– All Kindergarten through 2nd grade boys and girls – DROP IN any time between 8am and 11am

– All 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls – DROP IN any time between 11am and 1pm

– All 5th and 6th grade girls – arrive at 1:30pm SHARP for scrimmages

– All 5th and 6th grade boys – arrive at 3pm SHARP for scrimmages

– All 7th through 9th grade boys and girls – arrive at 5pm SHARP for scrimmages

– All 10th through 12th grade boys and girls – arrive at 6pm SHARP for scrimmages

Saturday, October 12thMANDATORY ORIENTATION FOR ALL CHEERLEADERS – it takes about 15 minutes:

– All age Cheerleaders – DROP IN any time between 9am and noon

Saturday, November 9th – Kindergarten practices start – they practice Saturdays ONLY (11/9, 11/16, 11/23 and 11/30) and then, starting 12/7, they have practices/games every Saturday through February 8th

Monday, November 11th – First day of practices for 1st through 12th grade players. Practices will be once a week for an hour between 4:30pm and 9:30pm. Location may be the WUMC Family Life Center or a nearby school gym. You’re allowed to pick ONE DAY during the week that doesn’t work for your child when you register. We try to put our younger players at earlier practice times. Practices are 4:30-5:30, 5:30-6:30, 6:30-7:30, 7:30-8:30 or 8:30-9:30. ** Please note, we WILL NOT have practices Thursday 11/28 or Friday 11/29 due to Thanksgiving and Monday 12/23 through Friday 12/27 due to Christmas. We will have optional practices (at coaches discretion) 12/30, 12/31, 1/2 and 1/3.

Saturday, December 7th – First game. Games are every Saturday between 8am and 9pm at WUMC Family Life Center or between 9am and 1pm at Cuthbertson High School. ** Please note, we WILL NOT have games on Saturday, 12/21 or Saturday, 12/28, due to Christmas.

Saturday, January 11th – Picture day

Saturday, February 8th – Last game

Sunday, February 9th – End of Season Celebration, 2pm, WUMC Family Life Center


TO REGISTER ONLINE, please click here. Credit cards only for online registration. Remember, register by SEPTEMBER 27TH to get the early registration discount!

TO REGISTER IN PERSON, please print out this Registration Form, fill it out, and drop it off at the church office Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm or Friday 9am-noon. In-person registration is payable by CHECK ONLY (made out to Upward WUMC). Remember, your form/check must be received by SEPTEMBER 27TH to get the early registration discount!


As always, in keeping with our philosophy of creating even, balanced teams, we DO NOT take player or coach requests.


We are a VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION and we rely on YOUR HELP to have a successful ministry! If you’d like to volunteer, even if you don’t have children playing, please click here.

IF YOU’RE REGISTERING PLAYERS, you can sign up to coach or volunteer during the registration process! I’ll be sure to send you all of the important coach and referee training dates.


REMEMBER – Our mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone involved in our program! Players will learn basketball and cheerleading basics along with Bible scriptures and life lessons from our volunteer coaches!

If you have ANY questions, please email Nina McPherson at, or call us at (704) 814-4213.


Boy Scouts at Weddington Campus and Marvin Campus


Cub Scouts – Pack 99
For boys in grades 1 – 5. The Pack’s website is

Boy Scouts – Troop 99
For boys in grades 6 – 12.

Boy Scouts – Troop 120
For boys in grades 6 – 12.