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The Holidays are over, so that only means ONE thing! BASKETBALL! The Upward Basketball program at Fruit Cove Baptist Church is really a lot of fun! The boys learn skills as well as lessons in good character and sportsmanship.

BBall Begins

Their coaches started drilling the boys on the basics and they got quite a workout. And it didn’t matter to Alex there was a defender in front of the basket, he was taking the shot…

BBall Begins

while Adam made a fast break to the basket…

BBall Begins

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It’s the first practice of the season and the boys are excited…Dad, too. Their team is the Cobras and they strike light lightening! (yeah, I made-up that part to eye-rolls from everyone 😉 ). The boys play in the Upward Basketball Program, which is a Christian sports league that focuses on developing athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. In addition to recognizing the kids for offense and defense action on the court, they’re also recognized for their attitude in relations to effort, sportsmanship, and Christlikeness. This league is really a lot of fun!

There are a few kids on the team who haven’t played basketball before, so the coach works on fundamentals with the team. Alex and Adam are a little rusty, but pick-up quickly.


Alex Shoots

Adam Shoots

Dibbling (although the whole double-dribble thing is still a foreign concept)…

Alex Dribbles

and Passing…

Adam Passes

Then a little shooting past a defender and some rebounding…

Boys Playing Basketball

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Tonight we took the boys to Jacksonville Memorial Stadium to see their FIRST Harlem Globetrotters show. When I was a kid, I saw the Globetrotters, led by the late George “Meadowlark” Lemon and star dribbler Fred “Curly” Neal, play in this very same stadium; it was pretty cool coming back today with my boys.


Today the team is captained by “Big Easy” Lofton and “Scooter” Christensen has taken the reins as the team’s showman dribbler. Although the names have changed, they were still the same fun family entertainment they always were!

Big Easy and Ref YMCA
Silly Antics Silly Antics

We had a blast! After the game, and all the way back to the car, the boys were dribbling their souvenir basketballs and mimicking the moves of Big Easy and the team. I did get them to stand still for one picture. Well, sort of… 😉


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