Dear parents, players, volunteers and coaches,

Firstly I wish you all a blessed Christmas season full of the wonder of the miraculous gift we have been given in God coming to our rescue.

Secondly, I have made the difficult decision to end the Upward program at Town and Country. After 14 years and hundreds, probably thousands of participants many signs have lead to this decision. Personal contacts as well as text, email and written appeals to garner help in administration of game days have produced minimal results in people stepping forward. Pastoral counseling as well as friends’ and family’s advice have helped me understand that a program successful in communicating the gospel of Jesus. requires an amount of energy that I am being called to dedicate elsewhere, specifically to my wife’s recovery from cancer, subsequent travel, church leadership and to the Mercy shower ministry

Thirdly, I wish to thank the voluminous number of volunteers who have contributed to the fun and learning by so many children over the 14 years. Many individuals are now enjoying basketball at the high school level thanks to you. More importantly, the lessons in the Christian life, prayer, leadership and character building are building blocks for future successful lives. 

To God be the glory!

Dave Kretzmann