OUR TEAM

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With a diverse background in dealing with athletes on and off the field and a marketing/branding strategist, Celia offers UpNext Sports Consulting a media relations perspective that ensures our clients are in demand and highly marketable. Celia is able to provide our clients with the understanding to make their brand or business appealing and trendsetting.  As a graduate of University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in Athletic Training and Austin Peay State University with a M.S. in Sports Wellness and Leadership, Celia’s credentials matched with her experience gives our clients a competitive edge with the media.

She is also the Founder of Elite Level Prep Inc, where she assists high school student athletes personally and academically. Ms. Newman is also the Founder of She Got Game League, which is a semi-pro women's league that donates the proceeds to a high school Senior to use toward their college education.  Her passion is inspiring and empowering athletes to succeed in life.

Celia Newman
CEO/Co-Founder
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Christian offers UpNext Sports Consulting a strategic communications perspective that allows our clients to effectively communicate and bring their visions to life. She brings her expertise of brand perception, event management and social media marketing to provide our company with the skills to tailor client messages to their target audience and provide them proper exposure. With Christian's multiple years of basketball experience as a stand-out player on and off the court and working with different local organizations, she has the experience to give the client what they need.

She is also the Founder of Life Above the Rim, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating female student athletes. She recently served as a General Manager and Game Day Operational Manager for the Dallas Skyline professional basketball team.  Christian is currently an AAU Coach, trainer and basketball coach at Prince of Peace High School.  She has a strong passion for preparing and training athletes on the court and giving back in her community.

Christian Ross-Francis
CEO/Co-Founder