In commemoration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, residents of the Carolinas will be playing in a soccer game to benefit families living with cancer. With the help of Coaches Nick Buxton, Kendell Reyes, Josh Eskew and Charles Blue of Spartanburg schools, the game has been scheduled for 4pm on Sunday, September 29th at the Upward Star Center. All the proceeds from this event will benefit Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas. Tickets are $10 per person. You may buy tickets or donate at Eventbrite or at the gate. The game will be on Turf 1. Please come out and support!
You may purchase your tickets or donate to the cause here!
Adom Appiah, founder of Ball4Good, has written a third book to motivate children. In the Spring of 2019, Adom was named the South Carolina High School State Honoree for the prestigious Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
As part of the Spirit of Community Awards celebrations, Adom visited Washington, DC elementary schools with 101 student State Honorees from across the United States. During the school visits, he was given the opportunity to read his book – Kids Can Change the World to first graders. The questions posed by these younger readers during the DC and prior school visits, motivated Adom to write a simpler version of the book for children from Pre-K through second grade.
Kids Can Change the World – Young Readers’ Edition, was released on August 5, 2019. The book is available in select bookstores and online.
- Project Hope Foundation – $16,000 to fund a digital printing business
- Sidewalk Hope – $2,200 to fund summer sports camps
- Citizen Scholars – $2,200 to purchase robotics kits for Spartanburg County students
- Brothers Restoring Urban Hope – $2,200 to help restore the urban community
Ball4Good is pleased to announce that it received a $2,500 grant from SunTrust Foundation. The grant will be used to support the Ball4Good Preparedness program. The purpose of the Preparedness program is to help youth excel in school, prepare for college and train for future jobs.
As part of the grant implementation process, Ball4Good will partner with Brothers Restoring Urban Hope and Citizen Scholars to equip 6-12 graders in the seven Spartanburg county school districts, and college students, in the areas of job preparedness, academics, physical health, emotional maturity, social competence and communication skills.
Kimberly Jolley, First Vice President at SunTrust and the SunTrust family have been supportive of Ball4Good since the organization’s inception. Representatives of SunTrust have participated in past Ball4Good activities.
The mission of Ball4Good is to support communities and nonprofits through sports. As part of the Ball4Good Preparedness program, the organization is happy to join community efforts to combat poverty in Spartanburg and beyond.
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.