Upward Stars Nashville

WHO IS UPWARD STARS NASHVILLE?

Who is Upward Stars Nashville? Nashville Youth Sports Club (d.b.a. - Upward Stars Nashville) is blessed to be the largest basketball club in Nashville, operating hubs in both Williamson County & Sumner County. We provide year-round basketball opportunities for 2nd-12th grade athletes (boys & girls), through team play &/or developmental programming (camps, clinics, 3-on-3 play, etc.). Our mission is "Promoting the Discovery of Jesus Christ Through Sports."

Expanding Our Reach (Growth): Launching in January, 2014, Upward Stars Nashville has experienced exponential growth on an annual basis. In 2019, the club expanded to 55 spring/summer tournament teams, and continued to operate hubs in both Williamson County and North Nashville (Hendersonville, Madison, etc.). Upward Stars Nashville will connect with approx. 1,500 families in 2019 through tryouts, teams, and developmental programming (camps, clinics, etc).

Focus on a "More Than" Experience: The club attributes the aforementioned growth to placing a high priority on providing a "More Than" experience. This impact is seen both ON and OFF the court! Upward Stars has the desire to impact athletes: MENTALLY, ATHLETICALLY, SPIRITUALLY, and SOCIALLY. These four pillars of impact are derived from Luke 2:52 - And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Coaches & Character Lessons: One way in which the "off the court" impact is accomplished is through spoken character lessons. Our coaching staff has shared approximately 1,000 character lessons with its participants over the past three years at team practices and/or at clinics/camps. These lessons are based on Scripture and correlate with sports and every-day life. Character lesson topics, just to list a few, have included: Teamwork, Wisdom, Leadership, Perseverance, Effort, Discipline, Integrity, Courage, Commitment, and Service.

Putting a Quality Product on the Court: From a sports' credibility perspective, the club's 2018 and 2019 spring/summer tournament teams competed at a high-level, having won 75+ Championships, earning 80+ runner-up finishes, & 100+ semi-final appearances in national/regional/& local tournaments (AAU Nationals, HoopSeen Events; Phenom Hoops Events, etc.). You can read about recent success on the court by checking out any/all of our social media platforms: FACEBOOK, TWITTER, & INSTAGRAM.

Questions - contact:

Lance Akridge (Club Director)

864-237-2317 OR email - Lakridge@UpwardStarsNash.com

Tony McLeod (Dir. of Girls' Programming/Special Projects)

214-542-8733 OR email - tmcleod@upwardstarsnash.com

Callie Cook (Assistant Director)

319-360-9399 OR email - ccook@upwardstarsnash.com