Archive / October, 2017

Upward Basketball & Cheer

Our host facility, First United Methodist Church, is also a host for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading. Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider, with the mission of: “Promoting the Discovery of Jesus Through Sports.” (Read more about Upward here.)

Registration for Upward Basketball and Cheer is now open, and ends soon. Details are below. Use the button at the bottom of this post to register.

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League Information

Upward Basketball

K5 – 5th Grade Boys & Girls  

Recreational divisions will be determined by number of participants in each grade.

Jersey, t-shirt, shorts, and player box included.


Upward Plus Basketball

for 6th & 7th Grade Boys & Girls (Born after 4/1/03)

Advanced skills & rules division for 6th-7th grade

Jersey, t-shirt, shorts, and player box included.

Additional $10 charge for Upward Certified Refs.


Upward Cheerleading

for K5 – 7th Grade Girls (Born before 9/1/12)

Cheerleading uniform, poms, and megaphone included.

Mandatory Evaluations (K-5th)

Players must attend a Mandatory Evaluation on Tuesday, October 24th at First United Methodist Church YFC (11th & Main). Times are as follows:

  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. (A-L)
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. (M-Z)

Mandatory Evaluations (6th-7th)

Players must attend a Mandatory Evaluation on Thursday, October 26th, from 6:00-8:00 PM, at First Baptist Church.


  • Registration after October 8th – $95 per child
  • Late Registration after October 24th – $115 child

More Details

  • One practice & one game per week.
  • Unique substitution system that ensures every young athlete plays.
  • Quality game day uniform and other sport-related gear.
  • Age-appropriate character and skill development both on and off the court.
  • Coaches who are focused on your athlete’s development.
  • Practices Begin the week of November 27th.
  • Games Begin January 6th.
  • Awards Celebration on March 1, 2018.
  • All games are held at First United Methodist Church’s Youth and Family Complex, First Baptist Church, or West Tulsa Free Will Baptist Church.  Practices are also held at all three sites.


For Information about Scholarships, contact Tom Knorr: or 918.556.8849


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Essentials: “A Tea Party for the King”

Throughout the school year, we will be using the blog to showcase some of the writing efforts of our Essentials students.

Essentials is a comprehensive language arts program for students 9-12 years of age. In addition to an intensive study of English grammar and math drills, Essentials students will tackle Institute for Excellence in Writing‘s (IEW) curriculum for history-based writing assignments.

Below is a paper on the Boston Tea Party, written by a third-year Essentials student (age 12).

Griffin Prescott
Essentials – Lesson 6
September 28, 2017

A Tea Party for the King

On a freezing December evening in the year 1773, the streets of Boston, Massachusetts, were filled with people. Among them was Paul, who was ten years old. His older brother, who belonged to the Sons of Liberty, announced that something exciting was about to happen. Three ships loaded with British tea were docked in Boston Harbor. Paul could scarcely wait to find out what was about to happen.

As Paul stood in the streets, he thought about what his brother had told him. The colonists were refusing to buy British goods because the British were charging harsh taxes on them. The colonists didn’t think the British had any right to tax them, so they tried to send the tea back to England. Unfortunately, the Royal Governor of Boston steadfastly refused to let them return the tea, and told them the King’s orders must be obeyed. The tea must be unloaded by December 16th — that very day.

The crowd began to stir restlessly. Pushing through the throngs of people, almost one hundred Indians appeared on the dock — but they weren’t Indians at all! They were the Sons of Liberty, cleverly disguised as Mohawk Indians. Their cheeks were painted with red and blue stripes, and their faces were covered with soot. Wham! The brave Bostonians boldly busted open each box, and poured the tea into the harbor. The crowd shouted approvingly: “Let’s tell King George we will not pay his taxes anymore.” Even as the Indians disappeared into the night, Paul knew that King George would hear of the Boston Tea Party, and he feared the King would be furious.