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Ball4Good Honors 4 Organizations

Ball4Good honored 4 organizations at it’s year-end meeting at the Spartanburg County Foundation on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
The organizations received grants to help with the following:
  • 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
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The funds were made possible partly through ticket sales at the 2019 Celebrity Basketball Games held at Spartanburg Day School. Additional funds were raised through sponsorship from local businesses, several grants, and support from individuals. Southeastern Paper Group was the presenting sponsor of the 2019 Celebrity Basketball Games.
Several athletes including Antony Ianni formerly of Michigan State, Ricaye Harris of Milliken and Jerome Logan formerly of South Carolina State participated in the games. The faculty, staff and athletes of University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg Day School and Spartanburg Methodist College were actively involved.
The Celebrity Games participants were part of a fundraising effort on the Pledgeit fundraising platform. City Council representative Erica Brown led the players in the fundraising efforts.
With help from the Spartanburg County Foundation, 9 students from across Spartanburg County received training on how to evaluate grants. Representatives from the County Foundation its board, and the Spartanburg Day varsity basketball coach served on the youth-run planning committee.
Founded by rising sophomore Adom Appiah, Ball4Good is a nonprofit that supports communities through sports. The youth run organization is currently collaborating with soccer coach Nick Buxton to hold a soccer tournament in September to support the Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas.
Please note that several volunteers and grants committee members are missing from the pictures because of the summer schedule.
For a full list of 2019 partners and sponsors, please visit www.ball4good.org
Thanks to everyone who has supported Ball4Good! Happy Summer!

Ball4Good Receives Support from SunTrust Foundation

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.

About Ball4Good

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.

Boys and Girls Clubs Support Ball4Good Games!

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!

Ball4Good to Hold Third Annual Celebrity Basketball Games

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.

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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.

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April 22 is Zion Williamson Day!

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

Project Hope Foundation Named Grant Recipient for 2019 Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games

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. 

In addition to the grant recipient, three Spartanburg organizations  will be honored at the games. These organizations are Sidewalk Hope, Citizen Scholars and Brothers Restoring Urban Hope.

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 Named State Honoree

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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.

Ball4Good Partners with BRUH Mentor for MLK Day Camp

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:

Ball4Good Announces 2019 Celebrity Games Grant Finalists!

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

2018 Finalists – Miracle Hill, Girl Scouts & Boys and Girls Club

The 2019 finalists are:

Project Hope FoundationProvides a lifespan of services to the autism community.

Citizen ScholarsProvides 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:

Boiling Springs High School

Dorman High School

J.L. Mann Academy

Oakbrook Preparatory

Spartanburg Day School

Spartanburg High School

Thank you to the Spartanburg County Foundation and AKBOA Consulting for guiding us throughout the process.

The Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games will be held on Sunday April 28, 2019. Thank you for your continued support.

For sponsorship and donation opportunities, please contact info@ball4good.org.

Happy Holidays & Annual Update

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Look what you helped us do this year!

Organizations Supported

  1. Boys and Girls Clubs
  2. Boy Scouts
  3. Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties
  4. Children’s Advocacy Center
  5. Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas
  6. DormanSoccer/Drake Rayden Foundation
  7. Girl Scouts
  8. Hope Center for Children
  9. Miracle Hill Ministries
  10. St. Jude’s Children Clinic
  11. Thornton Activity Center

Activities / Events

  1. 20Time Fair
  2. Podcast
  3.  Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games
  4. Spellers with Causes
  5. TED Talk
  6.  Cancer Drive
  7. School Visits
  8.  2019 Grants Review
  9. 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!

Adom Appiah
Adwoa Adu
Alan Jenkins
Albert Adu
Alex Richardson
Amanda Campbell
Andrea Stinson
Andrew Babb
Andrew Sangmuah
Ann Angermeier
Ann Hopkins
Anonymous
Ansley & Ned Page
Ashley Whitt
Benjy Miller
Bert Barre
Betsy Flemming
Betsy Neely Sikma
Bill Barnet
Bishop Richardson
Blake Spencer
Brandy Lindsey
Brendan Kelly
Brent Bishop
Brittany Mack
Carlotta Redish
Carolina Alliance Bank
Caroline Goodman
Cathy Bagwell
Cathy Scott
Charity Metcalf
Charles Blue
Charles Richard
Chris Jennings
Chris Jones
Chris Steed
Christopher Henderson
Cindy Crick
Citizen Scholars
City of Spartanburg
Claudia Player
Clay Killoren
Connor Shugart
Dawn Deck
Deevee Sanchez
Dennis Mitchell
Donlyn Aiken
Donna Kennedy
Donna Lancaster
Dorothy Sangmuah
Douglas Stephenson
Dr. & Mrs Kofi Appiah
Dr. & Mrs. Ntim
Dr. & Mrs. Snoddy
Dr. Rachel Deems
Eli Page
Emily Campbell
Erica Brown
Evelyn Boateng
Farrar Richardson
Fidelis Ewusie
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church Youth
Florian Sloan
Frank Rudisill
Friends of Celebrity Games Players
George Singleton
Graves Family
Greg Embry
Hope Blackley
Houston Graves
J Byron Morris
Jack Foster
Janet Christy
Jeanie O’Shaughnessy
Jennifer Stone
Jeremy Collins
Joan Moore
Joseph Gray
Joshua Dodoo
Joy Couch
Karen Floyd
Karine Nguyen
Karl Osei Boateng
Kathleen Babb
Kevin Sangmuah
Kim Land
Kim Moultrie
Koshie Larbi-Siaw
Kwame Larbi Siaw
Kwame Lartey,
Kweku Larbi-Siaw
Kyle Tracy
Kyra Osei Boateng
Landon Cohen
Laura Stille
Laura & Scott Montgomery
Laura Ringo
Lauren Friedrich
Lauren Oakes
Lee Anderson
Lee Sartor & Family
Lillian Osei Boateng
Liza Webster
Loreta Dylgjeri
Luke Feisal
Maguerite Nevins
Margaret Young
Mark Freeman
Mary Hackett
Matt Brown
Max Hyde
Maxwell Booker
Michel Stone
Mike Young
Misti Hudson
Monier Abusaft
Morkor Newman
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
Nana Addo
Nancy Cote
Nick Buxton
Ohene Ofosu
Penelope Wright
Penny Wright
Rebecca Ramos
Rett Foust
Rex Bingham
Rick Dent
Robin Garrell
Ronnie Meeks
Ruth LittleJohn
Ryan Clary
Sam Hemans
Sam Mitchell
Sangmuah Family
Scott Cochran
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Shane Regan
Shannon Rogers
Sheryl Booker
Siran Lartey
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
Steve Wise
Summer Blue
SunTrust Bank
Susan Johnson
Susan Myers
Susie Wright
Suzy Cole
Tara Weese
Teresa Hough
Teresa Strait
The Converse Family
The Curtis Family
The Hoenigs
The Killoren Family
The Osae Kwapongs
The Sloan family
The Srivastavas
Thomas E. Hannah YMCA
Thomas Ryan
Timmigo Burnett
TJ Shephard
Tom Evans
Tom Killoren
USC Upstate Cheer Squad
USC Upstate Marketing Class of 2019
Vicki Lawson
Victor Durrah
Wade Ballard
Wanda Cheeks – Holmes
Webster Family
Will Beeson
Wofford University Cheer Squad
Zion Williamson

 

We are sorry for any omissions.

Thank you to everybody who supports us! 

We invite you to join the Ball4Good family.