Congratulations to the Ball4Good friends featured on the cover of the summer 2018 edition of Converse College’s magazine!
Mrs. Dawn Deck – Ball4Good celebrity cheerleader (back row, fourth from left)
Ms. Stinson Ferguson – Ball4Good advocate and friend (seated – right)
Dr. Kay Woodward – Ball4Good supporter and Converse College’s first black professor (seated – left)
Congratulations to our friend Landon Cohen on receiving the Spartanburg Chamber Business Success Award! Cohen is a former NFL athlete and the founder of Light Transportation Co. & The Valet, LLC.
Our founder, Adom Appiah, launched his second book on August 10th at Big Air Spartanburg. The book is titled Bouncing Back from Failure. He wrote the book to tell kids just like him that failure isn’t the end. Ball4Good received donations at the event to benefit Carolina Miracle League, a nonprofit that helps kids play baseball. In addition to the funds raised at the launch, a percentage of proceeds from the book will benefit Carolina Miracle League. Here are some photos from the launch. Thanks to all our supporters! Enjoy the photos!
You can buy Bouncing Back from Failure at your local bookstore or here.
You can buy Appiah’s first book, Kids Can Change the World at your local bookstore or at this link.
Our founder, Adom Appiah, just competed at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee! He had an extraordinary experience, made several new friends, represented Ball4Good, Spartanburg Day School and the Upstate Region of South Carolina.
During the opening ceremony, 7 individuals were selected to represent the Bee’s core values. Representing “Potential” was none other than our own Adom Appiah. Head pronouncer Dr. Jaques Bailly addressed the audience, telling them about Adom’s work with Ball4Good and the community.
Appiah had the opportunity to hear Leland Melvin, an astronaut, and former NFL player. He also got the privilege of seeing Karthik Nemmani win the largest ever spelling bee live. The Bee was a weeklong activity, culminating in an awards banquet and after party. Overall, Appiah had an enriching experience that he will miss.
In recognition of Spartanburg Day student and Duke Commit Zion Williamson’s service to the city of Spartanburg, the city honored Zion with a proclamation at the Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball game. The proclamation was read by city councilman Max Hyde of the Hyde Law Firm. Ned Page – President of the Spartanburg Day Board of Trustees and Mary Thomas – Chief Operating Officer of the Spartanburg County Foundation were present during the ceremony. From this day forth, April 22nd shall be known as Zion Williamson day in Spartanburg! In addition to the proclamation, Zion received a framed photo highlighting the stats of his high school basketball career. The photo was curated by Chris Jones. Ball4Good honored Zion with a #12 jersey and a hoodie.
Photography by Jeremiah Drummond and Hill Mitchell
Adom Appiah, the 14-year-old founder of Ball4Good and author of Kids Can Change the World received the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change from the Spartanburg County Foundation. The award recognizes the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life in the community. The Spartanburg County Foundation sought nominees who had developed innovative solutions to tackle critical community issues. Adom seized opportunities to make a difference by offering compassionate leadership, commitment and personal skills, with the ultimate goal of creating a better and brighter tomorrow.
Adom was honored at the Spartanburg County Foundation’s 75th annual meeting. Click link for Spartanburg Herald article.
Check out the award video.
Tickets for the Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games are officially live! Visit the link below to purchase or make a donation. Thank you.
We are happy to announce that the Children’s Advocacy Center has been chosen as the recipient of the Ball4Good Celebrity Game funds. The Center’s mission is to help children speak up about abuse and heal from it. The executive director, Mrs. Suzy Cole is busy preparing for her celebrity basketball debut on game day!
Three other organizations were named finalists and will be honored at the games. These organizations are the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate, Girl Scouts and Miracle Hill Ministries.
Event tickets are scheduled to go on sale on March 20th, 2018. The event will be held on April 22nd. Several local celebrities have signed up to play, coach or cheer. The list includes, former NFL and WNBA stars, CEOs, community leaders, college presidents, coaches, the nation’s number one high school power forward, high school standouts and many more.
The event is made possible by the Spartanburg County Foundation, Sports Medicine Institute, SunTrust Bank, Spartanburg Day School, Carolina Alliance Bank, Spartanburg Nephrology Associates and Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Miller.
It’s going to be a fun afternoon!
We are happy to announce that four nonprofits have been selected as finalists for the Celebrity Game funds. These nonprofits received the most votes during the Spartanburg Day School 20Time fair. During the fair, students voted for several nonprofits in the area. The finalists are:
Boys and Girls Club – An outcome-driven youth development program that serves
over 1,300 Upstate children every day after school throughout the school year and over 600 all day in the summer.
Children Advocacy Center – The Children’s Advocacy Center wants each Spartanburg child to grow up with a sense of dignity and self-worth. That’s why it is their mission to help children speak up about abuse and heal from it.
Girl Scouts – Unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. This one-of- a-kind program is time-tested and research-backed and prepares girls to take the lead in their own lives and in the world.
Miracle Hill – Provides food, shelter, and compassion to residents of Spartanburg County. Many men and women have been able to rebuild their lives and become productive members of the community once again.
Thank you to the Spartanburg County Foundation for its guidance throughout the process.
The Ball4Good Celebrity Games is possible with sponsorship and support from the following:
Event Partner: Spartanburg County Foundation
Hoops Partner: Spartanburg Day School
Gold Sponsorship (All Day): Sports Medicine Institute, SunTrust Bank and Mr. Billy Webster & Family
Silver Sponsorship (Buckets): Spartanburg Nephrology Associates, Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Miller and Carolina Alliance Bank
Bronze Sponsorship (Bring the House Down): Ms. Loreta Dylgjeri
Voting is underway to select the recipient(s). Stay tuned!
We are partnering with the Spartanburg County Foundation to bring the community a fun afternoon of celebrity basketball! Check back for updates.
A big thank you to our sponsors to date:
Sports Medicine Institute (Gold Sponsor)
SunTrust Bank (Gold Sponsor)
Carolina Alliance Bank (Silver Sponsor)
Spartanburg Day School (In kind sponsor)
Please contact us if you have any additional questions about the tournament.