New River Baptist Association
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Upward Sports                               


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Our Program

The New River Baptist Association (NRBA) has hosted Upward Sports for 18 seasons. NRBA represents 39 Baptist churches and serves the communities of Onslow and surrounding counties. 

Upward Sports is a Christian sports ministry that uses the sports of basketball and cheerleading to help children develop a relationship with Jesus. Upward is a sports program that focuses on the fundamental skills of the sports and teaching virtues through devotions that the athletes can use on and off the court. The program depends on volunteers for the key positions, including coaches and referees. If you'd like to help our league, please email the Upward Director!   




 Current Season Information


2017 Basketball and Cheer:

The game schedules for 2017 season by division:

**Click boxes below for schedules**




Awards Ceremony: COMING SOON



Community Service: 



Other Upward Activities:





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Kierston Hicks

Our Director

Kierston Hicks, the Upward Director for New River Baptist Association, is an Upward parent with three of her four children in the program.  This is Kierston's 6th season with Upward.  In the winter of 2014, she volunteered as a cheerleading coach for the Sapphires squad for basketball season.  The following spring, Kierston was appointed the Cheerleading Commissioner for the flag football season and also coached the Jasmine and Lillies squads.  2017 is Kierston's 4th season as the Director.  You can email Kierston at or call her at the New River Baptist Association at (910)347-3146.