About Us

Campus Map & Facilities

  • Address
    Upward Star Center
    9768 Warren H Abernathy Hwy.
    Spartanburg, SC 29301
    Phone: 864-949-5900
    Fax: 864-949-5900
    Email: info@upwardstarcenter.org

  • Address
    Upward Volleyball Center
    6655 Pottery Road
    Spartanburg, SC 29303

  • Hours of Operation
    Monday-Friday 12pm-9pm
    Saturday 9am-9pm
    Sunday 1pm-6pm

Mission & Values

Our Mission: Promote the Discovery of Jesus Through Sports

No matter the sport or event, whether it is a youth volleyball camp, an Upward Stars Basketball travel team, or an adult soccer league, we at Upward Star Center are intentional about using the Gospel of Christ as the driving force behind every sports program. We are a team, passionate about using sports as an outlet to get our athletes to the next level on and off the court.

Our Values

The Expectation of God Moments
We believe that God is at work all around us.
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

The Life of Integrity
We believe that how we live is more important than what we say.
Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The Opportunity to Serve
We believe it is a privilege to serve others.
Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,and to give his life as a ransom for many.

The Discipline of Excellence
We believe in exceeding expectations.
Colossians 3:17 - And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The Priority of Children
We believe that Every Child Is A Winner.
Matthew 18:14 - In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

Serving Others

The Upward Star Center is committed to giving back to our athletes as well as the surrounding community. We firmly believe that this is following the example that Christ has set himself. Service is a key element of growth and regardless of how old you are or what line of work you're in, service can be applied anywhere. The driving force behind why we're here is to give local coaches, teams, and organizations the resources and facilities necessary to enhance and develop athletes’ skills on the court/field as well as enriching their lives off of it.

Staff members and athletes alike are involved in numerous community events, charity organizations, and schools. We will continue to create, initiate, and implement service projects and activities to assist, support, and give back to our community

Our Staff

  • Doug Grote

    General Manager
  • Michael Wilder

    Sr. Programming Manager
  • Josh Garrison

    Service Manager

Want to join our staff or looking for an exciting career?

The Upward Star Center offers a variety of full-time and part-time career opportunities. View all current job offerings.

Star Center Photo Gallery

The Star Center is more than just a large building made of bricks and mortar. It is a tool that helps change people’s lives. Get a first-hand look into lives being changed at the Star Center. View our photos.

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With over 100,000 estimated visitors in our first year of operations, the Upward Star Center will be the epicenter of high-level sports training, competition, and entertainment in this region. We are excited to build a dynamic, multi-faceted partnership that creates a symbiotic relationship that will prosper your organization.  Please contact us at info@upwardstarcenter.com with further inquiries.