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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.

Play4Miracles Extended through December

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 info@ball4good.org

Grants Committee Receive Training

Led by Mary Thomas and the Spartanburg County Foundation Community Leadership team, the Ball4Good Grants Committee learned how to review grants at the County Foundation.

The dynamic team comprises of 9 student leaders who reside in Spartanburg County.

To submit a proposal for the 2019 Celebrity Basketball Games grant, visit www.ball4good.org. Proposals are due November 6, 2018.

Celebrity Basketball Games Grant – Request for Proposals

Ball4Good is excited to announce that it is currently accepting proposals for its 2019 Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games. A local nonprofit will receive up to $10,000 of proceeds raised from Ball4Good to support direct services. Additionally, three nonprofits will receive a $1,000 grant towards direct services. The 2019 games are scheduled for April 28, 2019. Ball4Good is a nonprofit organization that supports communities and nonprofits through sports. The Celebrity Basketball Games is an annual fundraising event that brings the Spartanburg County community together for a fun afternoon of sports, philanthropy, and entertainment. Please VISIT HERE for instructions.

Please email proposals to info@ball4good.org by 5:00 pm on November 6, 2018

We would like to thank the Spartanburg County Foundation for helping us prepare the Request for Proposals and for training our student leaders.

Welcome the 2019 Celebrity Game Grants Committee!

Ball4Good is happy to announce the addition of 8 student leaders to the Celebrity Games Grants Committee. These student leaders have shown a passion and commitment to their community. They are excited to play a vital role at Ball4Good.

Our leaders are:

Rex Bingham – Dorman

Emily Campbell – Boiling Springs

Maxwell Booker – Spartan High

Will Beeson – Spartan High

Charity Metcalf – J.L. Mann

Liza Webster – Spartanburg Day

Adom Appiah – Spartanburg Day

Christopher Henderson – Oakbrook

Karine Nguyen – Spartanburg Day

We will be sharing individual profiles of our student leaders in the coming weeks.

Converse College Features Friends of Ball4Good on Magazine Cover

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)

 

 

Book Launch Benefits Baseball Organization

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.

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