Children are great imitators ... so give them something great to imitate.

- Anonymous

Programs & Events

Athletics

If I had been invited to a hardcore Bible study, I wouldn't
have gone.

 

The paraphrased quote above is from a young man whose life was touched by Urban Impact. In one honest sentence, he exemplifies the challenges of spreading the Word of God to a sometimes unresponsive audience through traditional means of discipleship. Itís the reason why Urban Impact makes an initial connection with the youth of Pittsburgh in ways that are relevant to their lives.

 

Depending on the night of the week and the time of the year, chances are thereís a sports program going on where kids are having fun and learning about the Lord.

 

If you would like to learn more about our athletic programs, use the links below and you will be taken to a corresponding description.

 

 

Intramural Basketball

High School Travel Basketball Teams

Middle School Travel Basketball Teams

Boys' HS & MS Basketball Leagues

Baseball

Soccer

 

How to Register

If you would like to register for an athletics program, please download the registration form.* Once the form is completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian, e-mail it to Seth Reichart or return it to the Urban Impact Athletic Department.

 

*You will need Adobe Acrobat to view. If you don't have it, you can download it for free here.

 

Intramural Basketball

 

The big picture: Basketball serves as a tool to build relationships with participating youth and communicate and demonstrate the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

 

Program activities: Dinner, devotions, relationship-building and basketball

 

Seasons: September-November; February-March

 

Time commitment: Gyms meet 1 day/week on Monday evenings

 

Age group:  boys and girls in grades 3-12

 

Venue: North Side gyms (Allegheny Traditional Academy, Martin Luther King, Perry High School and the former Oliver High School)

 

Have questions? Call or email Nathan Glover at 412.321.3811.

 

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High School Travel Basketball Teams

 

The big picture: This program is geared toward young men and women who desire to grow both as ball players and Christ followers. Players grow closer to their teammates and God as they practice, compete, study the Bible, and receive Options academic/career assistance.

 

Program activities: The fall and winter boys' teams compete in the Urban Impact and Greater Pgh. Independent Leagues, respectively, with each league culminating in a season-ending tournament. A fall girls' team competes in an East End High School League. Spring AAU teams for both boys and girls practice during the week and compete in 5-6 weekend tournaments. Each season consists of Bible studies at practices, with the Fall High School Boys' League also including devotional messages before or after each game.

 

High school boys can play in one or all three seasons:

 

Fall Season: August - November

Time commitment: 1-2 practices/week; 1-2 league games weekly

Age group: boys in grades 9-12, by invitation only

Venue: practices and games at North Side gyms

 

Winter Season: December - February

Time commitment: 1-2 practices/week; 1-2 league games weekly

Age group: boys in grades 9-12, by invitation only

Venue: practices and home games at North Side gyms

 

Spring Season (March - June) AAU Team

Time commitment: 1-2 practices/week; 5-6 weekend tournaments

Age group: boys in grades 9-12, by invitation only

Venue: practices at North Side gyms; tournaments in and around Pittsburgh

 

High school girls can play in one or both of our seasons:

 

Fall Season: August - November

Time commitment: 1-2 practices/week; league games weekly

Age group: girls in grades 9-12, by invitation only

Venue: practices at North Side gyms; games throughout the city

 

Spring Season: March - June (AAU)

Time commitment: 1-2 practices/week; 5-6 weekend tournaments

Age group: girls in grades 9-12, by invitation only

Venue: practices at North Side gyms; tournaments in and around Pittsburgh

 

 

Have questions? Call or email Andrew Churchill at 412.321.3811.

 

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Middle School Travel Basketball Teams

 

The big picture: These teams are designed for middle school boys and girls who desire to grow both as ball players and Christ followers. Each child grows closer to his or her teammates and God as they practice, compete, and study the Bible.

 

Program activities: The boys' teams compete in the Urban Impact Middle School League in the winter, and in local AAU tournaments in the spring. The girls' teams compete in the BSA League in the fall, play independently and in CYO tournaments in the winter, and participate in local AAU tournaments in the spring. Bible studies are held weekly at practices, with devotional messages given before or after games at the winter boys' league.

 

Middle school boys can play in one or both seasons:

 

Winter Season: December - March

Time commitment: 2 nights/week; games on Saturdays

Age group: boys and girls in grades 6-8, by invitation only

Venue: North Side gyms

Spring Season: March - June (AAU)

Time commitment: 1-2 practices/week; 5-6 weekend tournaments

Age group: boys in grades 6-8, by invitation only

Venue: practices at North Side gyms; tournaments in and around Pittsburgh

 

Middle school girls can play in one or all three seasons:

 

Fall Season: August - November

Time commitment: 1-2 practices/week; Sunday evening league games

Age group: girls in grades 6-8, by invitation only

Venue: practices at North Side gyms; games throughout the Pittsburgh region

 

Winter Season: January - March

Time commitment: 1-2 practices/week; games and tournaments TBD

Age group: girls in grades 6-8; by invitation only

Venue: practices at North Side gyms; games throughout the Pittsburgh region

 

Spring Season: March - June (AAU)

Time commitment: 1-2 practices/week; 5-6 weekend tournaments

Age group: girls in grades 6-8, by invitation only

Venue: Practices at North Side gyms; tournaments in and around Pittsburgh

 

 

Have questions? Call or email Andrew Churchill at 412.321.3811.

 

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Boys' HS and MS Basketball Leagues

 

The big picture: Urban Impact basketball leagues bring together teams from churches and community organizations throughout the city. Designed to promote growth both on and off the court, these leagues help young men grow as they learn more about Jesus and build friendships within a safe and loving environment. Competitive leagues are offered at both the high school and middle school levels.

 

Program activities: Teams compete in an 8- or 9-week regular season, culminating in an end-of-season tournament and awards ceremony. All games are officiated by PIAA certified referees, with devotional messages delivered before or after every game.

 

Time commitment: HS League games are on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons in the fall. MS League games are on Saturdays in the winter.

 

Age group: boys in grades 6-8 and 9-12

 

Venue: North Side gyms and Allegheny Center Alliance Church

 

If you would like to enter a team for consideration in the league, or if you have questions, call or email Andrew Churchill at 412.321.3811.

 

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Baseball

 

The big picture: Baseball provides the opportunity for North Side youth to compete against other teams from neighboring communities. We offer kids a Christian environment where they can learn the game of baseball, build healthy relationships with peers and adults, and learn ways to positively deal with conflict.

 

Program activities: Practices include devotions and baseball instruction, while games give youth an opportunity to build character and enjoy the game of baseball.

 

Time commitment: 2-3 days/week, April - June. Mandatory Saturday clinics in March.

 

Age group:  boys and girls ages 6-14

 

Venue: Home games and practices at MLK Jr. Field and Richie McCabe Field

 

Have questions? Call or email Matt Davis at 412.321.3811.

 

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Soccer

 

The big picture: Urban Impact teams up with AIS (Ambassadors in Sport) to develop soccer skills in boys and girls, teach Bible stories that apply to their lives, and facilitate Bible verse memorization. The 6th-8th grade co-ed team features an even greater focus on spiritual growth and plays in a competitive citywide league.

 

Program activities: Devotions and soccer

 

PreK - 5th Grade Intramural

Seasons: September - October and April - May

Time commitment: Saturday afternoons

 

6th-8th Grade Team

Season: March - May

Time commitment: 3 days per week

 

 

Have questions? Call or email Shaina Tomilin at 412.321.3811.

 

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