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:
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 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 July, 2022.
Please email proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Note: Organizations that have received $5,000 or higher from Ball4Good during the past two years are not eligible to apply.
Process 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.
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.
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.
Ball4Good to host soccer game on Sunday, August 29th!
AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 PROTOCOLS, THERE WILL BE NO AUDIENCE AT THE GAME.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.