2021 Request for Proposals – Celebrity Basketball Games Grant


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. 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 games are scheduled for April 2022.

Please email proposals to by 5:00 pm on December 17, 2021
Celebrity Basketball Games Grant Application.

Priority will be given directly to organizations that can clearly demonstrate how the project will benefit the residents of Spartanburg County.

Applicants may submit the following:

● One page proposal describing the project for which you are requesting funds
● An outline and timeline of how the funds will be used
● Proof of 501 (c) (3) – IRS determination letter
● Form 990


Organizations must operate in Spartanburg County and should provide services that impact children in one of the following areas:
● At-risk Youth
● Education
● Family Services
● Health Services
● Homelessness
● Poverty
● Social Justice

The Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games will not provide funding for :
● Annual fund campaigns
● Annual operating support other than for start-up purposes

Organizations that have received $5,000 or higher from Ball4Good during the past two years are not eligible to apply.

Applications will be reviewed by a Grants Committee representative of students who reside in
Spartanburg County. Students across the county will vote for the final recipient.

Additional Information:

For additional questions, email To learn about Ball4Good, visit

Soccer Players Play for a Good Cause

The blue team was on a roll. The goals kept coming. Upward Star Center and Dorman JV Coach – Charles Blue dived to his left to avoid being scored on. The teams were ready for a serious game.

John Rhoden of Spartanburg High School was hungry for some goals.

Serge Nkoth and Michael Bayiha of Dorman High School were dynamic.

Serge was the star on the field.

Hill Mitchell and Kaif Surka of Spartanburg Day School defended the ball, but their Varsity teammate Adom Appiah had switched on them. He had been recruited by the blue team.

Varsity basketball player, Patrick Bonna of Charlotte based Crossovers for Christ was glad to be back on the soccer field.

Spartanburg Day’s Coach Graham Brewer was on fire. Although his team lost, he ended the game with a beautiful penalty kick.

A great afternoon to support 4 area nonprofits. The Ball4Good soccer game was a fun recreational afternoon for a good cause. Volunteers cheered as their favorite players run with the ball. The afternoon was a success.

Representatives from the Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, Tyger River Children’s Center, Center for Youth Justice and Sidewalk Hope, were on hand to receive grants to support the youth.

Together, the team raised $7,500 for the nonprofits.

Members of the Ball4Good Grants Committee presented the checks to the nonprofits. The nonprofits had the opportunity to share their mission with the players.

An afternoon of soccer for a worthy cause. Thanks to Coaches Nick Buxton, Graham Brewer, Charles Blue, Ball4Good Founder -Adom Appiah and Vice President – Maxwell Booker for recruiting the players for the game.

Check out a few pictures below:

Ball4Good Soccer to Benefit 4 Organizations

Ball4Good to host soccer game on Sunday, August 29th!


The event is limited to the players and grant beneficiaries.

Support by DONATING or sending well wishes to community members playing soccer for a good cause. Funds will benefit 4 nonprofits doing vital work in the Spartanburg Community. The nonprofits are as follows:

Sidewalk Hope – Creating positive change in the lives of children in the heart of the city and the communities in which they live through the hope of Jesus Christ.

Children’s Cancer Partners – Focus is treatment access for children battling cancer,.CCP also helps with critical homecare needs, and steps in when financial emergencies arise.

Tyger River Children’s Center – A place for students to grow into themselves and their potential.

Criminal Justice Youth Institute – Youth are equipped with resources and a better understanding of the Criminal Justice System


Grants Committee Reviews Summer and Fall Grants

The Ball4Good Grants Committee have chosen 4 nonprofits as beneficiaries of the proceeds from the upcoming August 29th Soccer Games. The nonprofits are as follows:

Sidewalk Hope

Children’s Cancer Partners

Tyger River Children’s Center

Criminal Justice Youth Institute

Stay tuned for additional updates.


We are happy to sponsor the HALTER’s Aiming High BALL4Good Camp during the summer of 2021. The Ball4Good grant will help HALTER strengthen its relationship with My Brother’s Keeper (MBK). Funds will provide scholarships for children in the 6th, 7th or 8th grades. The scholarship recipients will be identified by MBK and/or a McKinney-Vento school Social Worker.

HALTER and MBK Alliance will find ways to work together to actualize the shared belief that every young person deserves equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity, regardless of circumstance.

The Aim High Ball4Good Camp activities will include discussions addressing inequity, social justice, promoting emotional intelligence and developing pro-social skills (SEL) in ways that are highly relevant to the participating youth.

Activities will focus on interpreting nonverbal behavior, good communication,
developing trust and respect.

HALTER, (Healing and Learning Through Equine Relationships) is a nonprofit in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Founded in 1987, the organization is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. HALTER’s services primarily focuses on people with physical and/or cognitive delays.

Nonprofits - Apply for the Ball4Good Grants

Apply for the Ball4Good Annual Grants

We are currently accepting proposals for the 2021 Annual Grants.

Ball4Good is excited to announce that we will be hosting several virtual events to raise money for local nonprofits that support children. This summer, 4 local nonprofits will receive grants to support direct services. The fundraising events will include live streaming virtual games, interviewing former Ball4Good players and DJing for fans. The fundraising effort will bring communities together for fun and inspirational content. Applications are due by 11:59PM EST on February 28th, 2021.

Click here to view RFP.

Ball4Good Names 5 Nonprofits to Receive Grants

The Ball4Good Grants Committee has named 5 nonprofits to receive $1,000 grants from the Spring Grant Cycle.
The organizations are:
YMCA: The YMCA’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice
through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Clemson University Tiger Alliance: Seeks to increase educational
opportunities and upward economic mobility for underrepresented youth in the Upstate of South Carolina.
Mental Fitness: Leads professional development training for school professionals and educators on relevant mental health topics such as suicide prevention, stress management and managing serious mental illness in schools.
Citizen Scholars: Provides 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.
South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind: A statewide leader in education and accessibility for individuals who are deaf, blind, or sensory multi-disabled.
The committee reviewed grant applications from late December through February. Schools were unable to vote on one beneficiary because of the pandemic. Therefore all five organizations will be receiving a minimum grant of $1,000.
The named organizations would have been finalists / beneficiary of the April Celebrity Basketball Games which was slated for April 19th, 2020. However, the games were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to raise funds for the organizations and children impacted by the pandemic, a group of Ball4Good teenage volunteers, launched a GoFundMe on April 15th, 2020.
Ball4Good will continue with the GoFundMe fundraiser through May 2020. The goal of the organization is to raise additional funds to benefit children impacted by COVID-19.
You may learn about the fundraiser by clicking here.

Meet The GoFundMe and Music4Good Team

Meet the team that has been working on our GoFundMe and Music4Good campaign to support kids impacted by COVID19.

Charity Metcalf, Will Beeson, Karine Nguyen, Joshua Dodoo, Adom Appiah, Charles Richard, Maxwell Booker and Koshie Larbi Siaw.

Don’t forget to join us for an Afrobeats Session on May 2nd.

Afro flyer

Learn about our campaign:

Thanks for your support!

Join Ball4Good for Music4Good on Sunday 4/19

Please join us for Music4Good from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday 4/19. We will be live on our host’s Facebook and Instagram pages. We will also be providing updates on the Ball4Good Instagram Facebook and Twitter pages. The event will be benefitting children impacted by COVID-19. 100% of the proceeds will provide a direct benefit to kids. Stay tuned for additional performance dates.

To donate to, or share about our cause, please visit our GoFundMe page.

Thanks for your support.

Ball4Good Launches Music4Good Fundraiser to Benefit Families and Kids Impacted by COVID-19

We are student athletes raising funds for Ball4Good, an organization that supports communities through sports.  On Sunday, April 19th, we will have our first DJ/dance live session from 4:00pm -6:00pm on Facebook and Instagram on behalf of Ball4Good. The event is Music4Good by Ball4Good. We plan on hosting additional sessions for our viewers during this period of social distancing. The goal is to raise money for children impacted by COVID-19.

Since 2017, Ball4Good has supported 19+ organizations. including the local Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate; Miracle Hill Ministries, which serves homeless children and adults in South Carolina; the Project Hope Foundation, which provides services for individuals of all ages with autism; the Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union, which helps children who have been abused and the Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas.

This year, Ball4Good was planning its 4th annual Celebrity Basketball game with a goal to raise funds to support children enrolled at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, Citizen Scholars, Clemson University Tiger Alliance, the YMCA and Mental Fitness.
These organizations were chosen by 11 of our peers who serve on the Ball4Good Grants Committee and voted upon by students from Spartanburg County.

In addition to supporting these organizations with $1,000 each to support the children in their programs, Ball4Good is committed to raising additional funds to help children and families who have been adversely impacted by loss of jobs, homelessness, sickness and more.

Can you please donate to our cause if you are able? No amount is too small. And 100% of your donation will provide a direct benefit to a child. If you are unable to donate, please share our need with others. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #music4good by #ball4good.

Thank you for your support. You may also follow our work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Please be safe.

Team Ball4Good