Charles Blue and Joseph Gray to Ref Ball4Good Game

Ball4Good Advisor and Dorman Head JV Basketball Coach, Charles Blue has offered to be a referee during the upcoming Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Game. He will be joined by former Spartanburg Day Middle School Coach – Joseph Gray. The game is slated for July 10th at Spartanburg Day School.

Coach Blue Pictured with Ball4Good Founder, Adom Appiah
Coach Gray Speaks at a Book Launch

Ball4Good to Hold 2022 Celebrity Basketball Game

The Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Game will be held Sunday, July 10th, 2022, at Spartanburg Day School. This event will feature Spartanburg community leaders and residents playing in an action-packed basketball game to raise money for local nonprofits. In addition to youth groups, Spartanburg’s own Mayor Jerome Rice will be exhibiting his skills on the court!

This year’s grant winner is Brother’s Restoring Urban Hope (BRUH Mentor). Honorees are SC School for the Deaf and Blind Foundation, Citizen Scholars, and Brown Girls Read.

Don’t miss a fun afternoon for a good cause. RESERVE YOUR TICKET OR DONATE HERE.

Stay tuned for players, coaches, and cheerleader information.

To play or participate in the games, please email info@ball4good.org.

This event is made possible with the help of:

  • Gerrish Milliken Foundation
  • United Way of the Piedmont
  • Atchison Transportation
  • Spartanburg County Foundation
  • Spartanburg Day School
  • Beeson Family
  • Spartanburg Nephrology Associates
  • Paul and Nancy Cote
  • Vice Bailey Automotive
  • Elliott and Michel Stone
  • Katherine O. and Bert D. Barre Family Fund
  • Appiah Family
  • Paul and Stan Baker
  • Fogarty
  • Bopp
  • The Barnet Foundation Trust
  • Barney and Elaine Gosnell
  • Jaime Wall
  • Elaine Freeman
  • Mary Thomas
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Park National Bank
  • Booker Family
  • City of Spartanburg

RESERVE YOUR TICKET OR SUPPORT HERE.

Judah McJimpsey Commits to Howard University Football

Judah McJimpsey Commits to Howard University Football (Photo Credit – Valdez McJimpsey)

We are happy to share that Grants Committee member, Judah McJimpsey will be pursuing his academic and athletic career at Howard University.

A member of the 2022 Spartanburg High School graduating class, Judah’s best attributes include a strong work ethic, dedication to achievement, and an optimistic attitude. He desires to help those who struggle mentally and emotionally by becoming a leader in the field of mental health and wellness. A disciplined player who is adaptable and versatile, Judah is a servant leader who excels on and off the field.  Congratulations Judah.

Ball4Good Grants Committee Member- Judah McJimpsey and Founder – Adom Appiah

Booker Named U.S. Presidential and National Merit Scholar

Booker Named U.S. Presidential and National Merit Scholar
U.S. Presidential Scholar and National Merit Scholar Award Recipient – Maxwell Booker

Congratulations to Grants Committee Vice Chair Maxwell Booker on being named a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar! Established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the United States’ most distinguished graduating high school seniors, Booker is one of 161 students recognized in 2022.

The first African-American to earn this prestigious honor at Spartanburg High School, Booker is a National Merit Scholar, as well as the Heisman High School Recipient at his high school.

Accepted to several prestigious schools, including all of the six Ivy Leagues he applied to, Booker received over one million dollars in institutional and merit scholarships.

He will be attending Harvard University in the fall of 2022.

Ball4Good Vice President – Maxwell Booker, Pictured with Founder – Adom Appiah

3 Ball4Good Volunteers Receive Watson-Brown Scholarship

3 Ball4Good Volunteers Receive  Watson-Brown Scholarship

Congratulations to Ball4Good Grants Committee Chair Karine Nguyen, Grants Committee member Emily Grace Cobourn, and volunteer Florian Sloan on receiving the prestigious Watson-Brown Scholarship.

“The primary mission of the Watson-Brown Foundation is providing need and merit-based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States.” -WatsonBrown.Org

Ball4Good Watson-Browns will be attending the following institutions:

University of Richmond – Karine Nguyen

University of Virginia – Emily Grace Coburn

Washington and Lee University – Florian Sloan

Learn more about the Watson-Brown Foundation here.

Ball4Good Players Commit to Playing Soccer in College

Congratulations to Kicks 4 Cancer and Ball4Good players John Rhoden, Raegan Cash, Kaif Surka, Serge Nkoth, and Julio Mora. These 5 youth volunteers will be playing soccer at the college level beginning fall, 2022.

Ball4Good soccer players have played a vital role in raising funds for the Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, Tyger River Children’s Center, Center for Youth Justice, and Sidewalk Hope. As members of the High School Class of 2022, they will be pursuing their academic and athletic talents at:

Warren Wilson College – John Rhoden

Converse University – Raegan Cash

Converse University – Kaif Surka

Converse University – Serge Nkoth

Spartanburg Methodist College – Julio Mora

Congratulations to our young leaders!

2021 Request for Proposals – Celebrity Basketball Games Grant

APPLY TODAY!

Ball4Good is a nonprofit organization that supports communities and nonprofits through sports. The Celebrity Basketball Games is an annual fundraising event that brings the Spartanburg County
community together for a fun afternoon of sports, philanthropy, and entertainment. A local nonprofit will receive up to $10,000 of proceeds raised from Ball4Good to support direct services. Additionally, three nonprofits will receive a $1,000 grant towards direct services. The games are scheduled for July, 2022.

Please email proposals to info@ball4good.org by 5:00 pm on December 17, 2021
Celebrity Basketball Games Grant Application.


Priority will be given directly to organizations that can clearly demonstrate how the project will benefit the residents of Spartanburg County.

Applicants may submit the following:


● One page proposal describing the project for which you are requesting funds
● An outline and timeline of how the funds will be used
● Proof of 501 (c) (3) – IRS determination letter
● Form 990

Eligibility

Organizations must operate in Spartanburg County and should provide services that impact children in one of the following areas:
● At-risk Youth
● Education
● Family Services
● Health Services
● Homelessness
● Poverty
● Social Justice

The Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games will not provide funding for :
● Annual fund campaigns
● Annual operating support other than for start-up purposes

Note:
Organizations that have received $5,000 or higher from Ball4Good during the past two years are not eligible to apply.


Process
Applications will be reviewed by a Grants Committee representative of students who reside in
Spartanburg County. Students across the county will vote for the final recipient.


Additional Information:

For additional questions, email info@ball4good.org To learn about Ball4Good, visit http://www.ball4good.org

Soccer Players Play for a Good Cause

The blue team was on a roll. The goals kept coming. Upward Star Center and Dorman JV Coach – Charles Blue dived to his left to avoid being scored on. The teams were ready for a serious game.

John Rhoden of Spartanburg High School was hungry for some goals.

Serge Nkoth and Michael Bayiha of Dorman High School were dynamic.

Serge was the star on the field.

Hill Mitchell and Kaif Surka of Spartanburg Day School defended the ball, but their Varsity teammate Adom Appiah had switched on them. He had been recruited by the blue team.

Varsity basketball player, Patrick Bonna of Charlotte based Crossovers for Christ was glad to be back on the soccer field.

Spartanburg Day’s Coach Graham Brewer was on fire. Although his team lost, he ended the game with a beautiful penalty kick.

A great afternoon to support 4 area nonprofits. The Ball4Good soccer game was a fun recreational afternoon for a good cause. Volunteers cheered as their favorite players run with the ball. The afternoon was a success.

Representatives from the Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, Tyger River Children’s Center, Center for Youth Justice and Sidewalk Hope, were on hand to receive grants to support the youth.

Together, the team raised $7,500 for the nonprofits.

Members of the Ball4Good Grants Committee presented the checks to the nonprofits. The nonprofits had the opportunity to share their mission with the players.

An afternoon of soccer for a worthy cause. Thanks to Coaches Nick Buxton, Graham Brewer, Charles Blue, Ball4Good Founder -Adom Appiah and Vice President – Maxwell Booker for recruiting the players for the game.

Check out a few pictures below: