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SPARTANBURG, S.C., Sept. 22, 2014—A state-of-the-art sports facility is coming to the Upstate. On Saturday, Sept. 27, Upwards Sports’ inaugural Upward Star Center will hold its grand opening in Spartanburg with a free public celebration. Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports league.
Located at 9768 Warren H. Abernathy Highway, the 120,000 square-foot facility sits on 60 acres and features innovative sports and training equipment for multiple sports and activities. The opening of the Upward Star Center is another step in Upward Sports’ commitment to fully developing young athletes. Formerly only known as a nationwide recreation program, Upward Sports now offers Upward Stars, teams for athletes to compete through high school at the highest level of competition.
“Upward Sports seeks to develop young athletes on and off the field,” says Caz McCaslin, founder and president of Upward Sports. “To accomplish that, we invest in the young athletes and those who are investing in them. The Upward Star Center will serve as home base for Upward Sports to train and equip coaches and leaders, as well as a testing facility for new sport development and improvement on current technique.”
WHAT: Grand Opening of the Upward Star Center, a state-of-the-art sports facility—open to the public
- Basketball, soccer and volleyball tournaments
- Tour of the Star Center
- Free activities (rock wall, batting cages, etc.) and clinics
WHERE: The Upward Star Center, 9768 Warren H. Abernathy Highway, Spartanburg, SC 29301
WHO: Upward Sports, the world’s largest Christian sports provider for young athletes, ranging from kindergarten through high school
- Caz McCaslin, founder and president of Upward Sports
- Doug Grote, general manager, Upward Star Center
- Coleman Young, chairman of the Board of Directors of Upward Sports
- South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, the guest speaker at the grand opening
WHEN: Saturday, Sept., 27
- 10 a.m.: Ribbon cutting begins
- 11 a.m.: All activities begin including self-guided tour of the complex, free food, inflatables tournaments and clinics
- 2 p.m.: Coca-Cola will be giving away four tickets to Clemson vs. Louisville football game
- 3 p.m.: Announcement of the Upward Stars Upstate Club Scholarship winner
- Every 15 minutes: Prizes announced (Bike Street USA bikes, Verizon accessories, Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card, Greenville Road Warrior season ticket, Cabela’s gift basket, etc.)
Onsite Media Contact: David Reimann, 864.706.5402
The Upward Star Center features six full-sized basketball courts, 12 regulation indoor volleyball courts, four batting cages, a running track, strength and conditioning area with trainers, weights and cardio machines, a speed and agility area, team rooms, players’ lounge, meeting rooms, a café and a retail shop. Local organizations, businesses and groups are encouraged to rent space within the facility to host meetings or events. Adjacent to the Upward Star Center is a Spartanburg Regional Health Services location, which will offer strength training, rehab and orthopedic services.
Outdoors, the complex has four lighted sand volleyball courts, two lighted artificial turf and four grass fields for activities, like soccer, lacrosse and flag football. Additional fields and facilities will be developed in the future.
In addition to advancing the work of Upward Sports, the new facility promises to be a boon to the Upstate.
“The Upward Star Center helps position Spartanburg County as a premier destination for athletic tournaments and events throughout the Southeast,” said Coleman Young, local businessman and chairman of Upward Sports’ Board of Directors. “The positive economic impact of an influx of athletes and their families could be significant.”
ABOUT UPWARD SPORTS
Established in 1995, Upward Sports (a 501(c)(3) organization) is the world’s largest Christian sports league for youth athletics. Upward Sports provides valuable resources that aid in planning, training and executing both recreational and performance-level divisions. Upward Sports serves athletes across all competitive levels and ages with one message: Play with purpose. Upward Stars teams compete at the highest level of competition in tournaments across the nation each year. The mission of Upward Sports is to promote the discovery of Jesus through sports. Today, approximately 500,000 players participate in Upward Sports recreation clinics, camps and leagues annually in 45 U.S. states, hosted by more than 2,000 church partners. During the past 18 years, more than 5 million young athletes and 1 million leaders have been involved with the program. Learn more at www.upward.org.