"Helping young athletes to grow in skills, character, and faith” is the goal of Seminole Leagues, an Upward Sports program. The faith-based developmental sports league currently offers soccer, basketball, flag football, and cheerleading for children in pre-K through fifth grade.
“We want to be an affordable, family-friendly league that respects how busy today’s world is,” says former collegiate athlete and Lake Mary High School alumnus Stephen Rogers, who joined the league as its director in July. “We only have one practice and one game each week at the same location on the Holy Cross Lutheran Academy Upper Campus in Sanford. Most importantly, we want our players to develop not only their athletic skills, but their character traits as well.”
Focused on character development and teamwork, as opposed to primarily rewarding athleticism, the Seminole Leagues programs allow families to celebrate each child’s accomplishments regardless of wins or losses.
“Our coaches value understanding of the game and character development over winning at any cost,” says Stephen. “Each sport is structured so that every child will have the opportunity to contribute to and experience the game in a fun and safe environment. It is my goal to encourage a mind-set of champions of excellence, as well as promote brotherly and sisterly love for one another all while teaching the Gospel and embracing the fruits of the Spirit.”