Thanks to the Spartanburg County Foundation, our grants committee is ready to review the 2020 Celebrity Basketball Games grants! We are very grateful!
Pictured above are from left to right: Judah McJimpsey, Ashley Whitt, Jasmine Guest, Maxwell Booker, Karine Nguyen, Ally Go, Emily Campbell and Adom Appiah.
Not Pictured: Will Beeson, Emily Grace Coburn, Madison Durrah, Charity Metcalf and Christopher Henderson.
Congratulations to Adom Appiah on being named a recipient of the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. In addition to his award, Adom has also been named as a Points of Light recipient. He was recently featured in The Washington Post for his work with Ball4Good. Congrats Adom!
Thanks for helping us host a successful Kicks4Cancer event. With the help of coaches and players from Dorman, Spartanburg High, Spartanburg Day and our local teams, we raised over $1,700 for kids battling cancer in the Carolinas! We like to Ball4Good!
Click here for Kicks4Cancer pictures.
Pacolet Elementary students had an epic time at the Charlotte Hornets vs. Pelicans game in Charlotte. Thanks to our donors!
We are currently accepting proposals for the 2020 Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games. The 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. Click here to view RFP
Applications are due by 5:00 PM on December 6, 2019.
In commemoration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, residents of the Carolinas will be playing in a soccer game to benefit families living with cancer. With the help of Coaches Nick Buxton, Kendell Reyes, Josh Eskew and Charles Blue of Spartanburg schools, the game has been scheduled for 4pm on Sunday, September 29th at the Upward Star Center. All the proceeds from this event will benefit Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas. Tickets are $10 per person. You may buy tickets or donate at Eventbrite or at the gate. The game will be on Turf 1. Please come out and support!
You may purchase your tickets or donate to the cause here!
Adom Appiah, founder of Ball4Good, has written a third book to motivate children. In the Spring of 2019, Adom was named the South Carolina High School State Honoree for the prestigious Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
As part of the Spirit of Community Awards celebrations, Adom visited Washington, DC elementary schools with 101 student State Honorees from across the United States. During the school visits, he was given the opportunity to read his book – Kids Can Change the World to first graders. The questions posed by these younger readers during the DC and prior school visits, motivated Adom to write a simpler version of the book for children from Pre-K through second grade.
Kids Can Change the World – Young Readers’ Edition, was released on August 5, 2019. The book is available in select bookstores and online.
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
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.
Thanks to everyone who has supported Ball4Good! Happy Summer!
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.
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.
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!