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Kids “Play with Purpose” at Immanuel Lutheran Crystal Lake

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The simple phrase “Play with Purpose” means more than just what an athlete does on the court. It embodies everything a parent wants to accomplish in developing young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually, and socially. When young athletes play with purpose they put their heart into every aspect of their game, having a Christ-like perspective in everything they do as an athlete — , win or lose.


The goal for most parents is to raise happy, well-adjusted, independent children. That is, children who are God-fearing, law-abiding, upstanding citizens who will contribute to the greater good of society and make the family proud when they leave home for good.


Immanuel Lutheran also knows how difficult it is to raise children these days, and works alongside families to help them build the foundation for their children that will help them grow up to be responsible, well-adjusted, productive adults.


Now, however, they just need to be children — to be loved, accepted, and affirmed for who they are. That’s exactly what Upward Sports does. Upward lets kids “just have fun” while they learn the fundamentals of the game and the value of teamwork and doing things the right way.


That’s why Immanuel has hosted Upward Sports for the past ten years. The Upward Sports Ministry exists to assist families in building a strong foundation by promoting a relationship with Jesus Christ through a uniquely designed sports program. Since 2009, Upward at Immanuel has been serving the greater McHenry County community as a sports ministry dedicated to providing kids a safe and nurturing place to grow in character, confidence, faith, and sportsmanship while discovering and refining their athletic abilities. Coach-led devotions at practice and post-game sessions of acknowledgment/encouragement are tools used to fortify a child’s foundation and promote growth.

For more information on Upward Sports at Immanuel contact Shelly Davidson at sdavidson@immanuelcl.org or call 815.459.1441.

Immanuel Lutheran Church and School : 300 South Pathway Court, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 : 815-459-1441 : http://immanuelcl.org/upward-sports/about-upward/

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