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Introducing the Ball4Good 2022/23 Grants Committee

Meet our Grants committee! We want to thank all of them for the work and investment they put into Ball4Good. They all went through their training with the Spartanburg County Foundation to prepare for the 2022/23 grants cycle. We have the chance to have a diverse committee which includes students from Spartan High, Dorman, Spartanburg Day, and Byrnes High School. Our committee includes:

  • Cam Srivastava 
  • Houston Johnson 
  • Ford Daniel’s 
  • Anna Beeson 
  • Dominique Quinonez 
  • Micah Kennedy 
  • Karter Glymph 
  • Andre Nguyen 
  • Trinity Metcalf 
  • Noah Hazel 
  • Mya Ferguson

Our liaison is Wofford College student, Bryce Knight.

Finally, our Grants Advisory Committee is composed of Adom Appiah, Maxwell Booker, Karine Nguyen, and Bryce Knight.

Congratulations to all!

Submitted by Ali Kajdas,USC Upstate

Ali Kajdas of USC Upstate Joins Ball4Good Media

We welcome Ali Kajdas to the Ball4Good media team.

Recommended by Mrs. Kim Land, a University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) Senior Instructor of Marketing, Ali is pursuing a double major in Accounting and Marketing. She will be in charge of Ball4Good’s social media through December 2022.

Born and raised in France, Ali moved to the United States in 2019. She is looking forward to being more involved in the community.

Welcome Ali!

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!