In 2017, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate were the first recipients of the first Ball4Good grant. On April 28th, 2019 the organization joined Ball4Good in raising funds for 4 local nonprofits. Two teams from the Cleveland and Pacolet Clubs played an exhibition game to kick off the third annual celebrity games. Thank you Boys and Girls Clubs!
SPARTANBURG – The third annual Ball4Good Celebrity Games will be held Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 3:00-5:00pm at Spartanburg Day School. This event will feature Spartanburg celebrities playing in action-packed basketball games to raise money for local nonprofits. Along with the Spartanburg celebrities, former Michigan State University player and the first athlete with autism to play Big 10 basketball, Anthony Ianni, will be on the roster.
“Having Anthony here in Spartanburg and playing in the Ball4Good Celebrity Games is an incredible opportunity for people to learn more about autism and the effects of bullying in school,” says Adom Appiah, founder of Ball4Good and ninth-grader at Spartanburg Day School.
Ianni’s involvement in the Celebrity Games is not by accident. The event’s proceeds will support Project HOPE Foundation, an organization that serves families and individuals with autism in Spartanburg County and across the Upstate. Ianni now travels the country speaking to student groups about bullying and overcoming autism.
“Anthony’s mission aligns perfectly with Project HOPE Foundation, and we are happy to support our local autism community through this organization,” Appiah continues.
Founded in 1997 by moms looking for services for their young sons with autism, Project HOPE Foundation offers programs that benefit not only the child affected with autism but also the entire family, all of whom are forever changed by this diagnosis. Project HOPE Foundation provides a lifespan of services for the autism community, through programs that Help families, Open minds, Promote inclusion and Expand potential. The organization provides individualized services to a broad range of people across ages, across the spectrum of autism, and across programs (ABA therapy, classroom options, adult employment, social groups, life skills, community outreach, and professional trainings).
“We are honored and grateful to be this year’s Ball4Good grant recipient,” said Lisa Lane, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Project HOPE Foundation. “This gift will help us grow Printed by HOPE, the t-shirt printing business we’ve started to help our young adults gain valuable job skills.”
In addition to granting to Project HOPE, Ball4Good will recognize three additional nonprofits during this year’s Celebrity Games: Sidewalk Hope, Citizen Scholars Institute, and Brothers Restoring Urban Hope (BRUH Mentor).
Nine student representatives from across Spartanburg County coordinated the grants selection process. Several students and adult volunteers are part of the event planning team.
“It is so inspiring that Ball4Good has raised so much money and awareness by connecting people’s love for sports with the needs in our community. Being able to be a part of this process and choose a foundation in need of the grant has been truly amazing,” says Liza Webster, a middle school representative on the Ball4Good Grants Committee.
“Working with Ball4Good provided a great opportunity to learn about various organizations in our community that serve children and how philanthropy can help in those efforts,” says Maxwell Booker, a 9th grade student at Spartanburg High School and Ball4Good Grants Committee member.
Spartanburg High School 10th grader and Ball4Good committee member Will Beeson adds, “I’ve been lucky to be a part of Ball4Good and I am excited to see what good the organization will continue to do for our community.”
The Ball4Good Celebrity Games is a collaboration between Ball4Good, Southeastern Paper, The Spartanburg County Foundation, City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg schools, and several community leaders. Tickets to the Celebrity Basketball Games are $10 and can be purchased online at www.ball4good.org.
Founded by Adom Appiah, Ball4Good is a 501(c)(3) organization supporting the community and other nonprofits through sports. Ball4Good began as a school project during the fall of 2016. Mrs. Kelsea Turner of Spartanburg Day School inspired her students to dedicate 20% of history period to a service project. Mrs. Turner called the project 20Time. Ball4Good is a result of Adom’s 7th grade 20Time project.
On April 22nd, 2018, the city of Spartanburg honored Zion Williamson with a proclamation at the 2nd Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games. The proclamation was read by Representative Max Hyde of the Hyde Law Firm. The city declared that from that day forth, April 22nd shall be known as Zion Williamson Day in Spartanburg! Join us in celebrating local hero Zion Williamson by posting your favorite Zion Williamson photo with the hashtag #ZionWilliamsonDay
We are happy to announce that Project Hope Foundation has been chosen as the recipient of the Ball4Good Celebrity Game funds. The organization provides a lifespan of services to the autism community.
Thank you to the students across Spartanburg County for participating in the voting process. Additional thanks to the 9 student representatives who coordinated the Grants Selection Process. These students are:
Adom Appiah – Spartanburg Day
Will Beeson – Spartanburg High
Rex Bingham – Dorman
Maxwell Booker – Spartanburg High
Christopher Henderson – Oakbrook
Charity Metcalf – JL Mann
Karine Nguyen – Spartanburg Day
Emily Campbell – Boiling Springs
Liza Webster – Spartanburg Day
Event tickets are scheduled to go on sale in March. The event will be held on April 28th, 2019. Stay tuned for additional updates.
The event is a collaboration between Ball4Good, Spartanburg County Foundation, City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg schools and several community leaders.
It’s going to be a fun afternoon!
Ball4Good founder, Adom Appiah has been selected as South Carolina’s top High School Youth Volunteer in the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. He will receive $1,000 and be considered for one of ten national awards. Adom also qualified for the President’s Service Award which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country. He was nominated by Spartanburg Day School. Congratulations Adom!
Learn more about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards here.
We had a great time volunteering at the MLK Day Basketball Leadership Camp hosted by Brothers Restoring Urban Hope Inc. (BRUH Mentor). Thanks to our donors, we were able to provide lunch for all the volunteers and participants. Also, in appreciation of their service to others, we provided the volunteers with Ball4Good merch. Kids received prizes too! MLK Day 2019 was a great experience! Thank you BRUH Mentor! Thank you donors!
See a few pictures below:
The Ball4Good Grants Committee is happy to announce that four nonprofits have been selected as finalists for the Basketball Celebrity Game funds. The committee reviewed 17 grant applications from November through December of 2018. Founded in the fall of 2016, Ball4Good has to date assisted 12 organizations. Past recipients of the Celebrity Game grants are:
2017 Recipient- Boys and Girls Club
2018 Recipient – Children’s Advocacy Center
The 2019 finalists are:
Project Hope Foundation: Provides a lifespan of services to the autism community.
Citizen Scholars: Provides disadvantaged youth, through mentoring and program support, with the life skills, knowledge, and character development needed to obtain college scholarships, complete college, and become contributing citizens.
Sidewalk Hope: Impacts the lives of inner-city children through the hope of Jesus Christ.
BRUH Mentor: Restoring the urban community through mentorship, leadership, training and spiritual guidance.
Students will be voting for the grant recipient during the month of January. Congratulations to our four finalists!
The following schools were represented on the Grants Committee:
The Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games will be held on Sunday April 28, 2019. Thank you for your continued support.
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We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
Look what you helped us do this year!
- Boys and Girls Clubs
- Boy Scouts
- Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties
- Children’s Advocacy Center
- Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas
- DormanSoccer/Drake Rayden Foundation
- Girl Scouts
- Hope Center for Children
- Miracle Hill Ministries
- St. Jude’s Children Clinic
- Thornton Activity Center
Activities / Events
- 20Time Fair
- Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games
- Spellers with Causes
- TED Talk
- Cancer Drive
- School Visits
- 2019 Grants Review
- Play4Miracles Sports Drive
As we look back on the past year, we want to recognize the many generous people who have helped us. Thank you friends of 2018!
|Ansley & Ned Page|
|Betsy Neely Sikma|
|Carolina Alliance Bank|
|City of Spartanburg|
|Dr. & Mrs Kofi Appiah|
|Dr. & Mrs. Ntim|
|Dr. & Mrs. Snoddy|
|Dr. Rachel Deems|
|First Presbyterian Church|
|First Presbyterian Church Youth|
|Friends of Celebrity Games Players|
|J Byron Morris|
|Karl Osei Boateng|
|Kwame Larbi Siaw|
|Kyra Osei Boateng|
|Laura & Scott Montgomery|
|Lee Sartor & Family|
|Lillian Osei Boateng|
|Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Miller|
|Mr. & Mrs. Bert Barre|
|Mr. Billy Webster|
|Mr. Charles Blue|
|Mr. Eliot Stone|
|Mr. Landon Cohen|
|Mrs. Kelsea Turner|
|Mrs. Michel Stone|
|Ms. Erica Brown|
|Ms. Lindsay Lavine Webster|
|Ms. Mary Thomas|
|Scripps National Spelling Bee|
|Spartanburg County Foundation|
|Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office|
|Spartanburg Day School|
|Spartanburg Day School Cheer Squad|
|Spartanburg Day School Class of 2022|
|Spartanburg Nephrology Associates|
|Sports Medicine Institute / Spartanburg Regional Healthcare|
|The Converse Family|
|The Curtis Family|
|The Killoren Family|
|The Osae Kwapongs|
|The Sloan family|
|Thomas E. Hannah YMCA|
|USC Upstate Cheer Squad|
|USC Upstate Marketing Class of 2019|
|Wanda Cheeks – Holmes|
|Wofford University Cheer Squad|
We are sorry for any omissions.
Thank you to everybody who supports us!
We invite you to join the Ball4Good family.
We have extended Play4Miracles through December. On Giving Tuesday, we distributed several sports items to families. We realize that there is a big need for more items. Please drop off your donations at:
Spartanburg Day School – Webster Complex
Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA – Lobby
First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg – Local Missions Room
Donations may include sports equipment, toys, clothing, shoes etc.
Questions: Please contact email@example.com
Donate sports items to Ball4Good this November. Your donation will benefit kids who like to play. Thank you to our partners:
Spartanburg Day School
Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA
First Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg
You may drop off your donations at the Day School, YMCA or at First Pres!