2021 Request for Proposals – Celebrity Basketball Games Grant

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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 info@ball4good.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

Eligibility

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.


Additional Information:

For additional questions, email info@ball4good.org To learn about Ball4Good, visit http://www.ball4good.org

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!

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

DONATE 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.

Zion Williamson Day in Spartanburg!

April 22

In recognition of Spartanburg Day student and Duke Commit Zion Williamson’s service to the city of Spartanburg, the city honored Zion with a proclamation at the Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball game. The proclamation was read by city councilman Max Hyde of the Hyde Law Firm. Ned Page – President of the Spartanburg Day Board of Trustees and Mary Thomas – Chief Operating Officer of the Spartanburg County Foundation were present during the ceremony. From this day forth, April 22nd shall be known as Zion Williamson day in Spartanburg! In addition to the proclamation, Zion received a framed photo highlighting the stats of his high school basketball career. The photo was curated by Chris Jones. Ball4Good honored Zion with a #12 jersey and a hoodie.

 

Photography by Jeremiah Drummond and Hill Mitchell

Ball4Good Launches Hoops4Miracles

We are happy to start Hoops4Miracles, a drive that will support nonprofits on Giving Tuesday. This year, we are asking fans to bring items to the Spartanburg Day vs. Carolina Day Game at Spartanburg Day School on Tuesday, November 28. The items will benefit Miracle Hill Ministries. We hope that other basketball teams will adopt Hoops4Miracles to help their communities in the future.

Ball4Good Organizes Community Event Benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate

Thank you so much to the 700+ people from the community, our volunteers, our coaches, and our players. None of this would have been possible without your support!

Special thanks to:

The Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate

Ms. Mary Thomas

Ms. Kelsea Turner

Dr. Rachel Deems

Ms. Caroline Goodman

The Spartanburg County Foundation

Spartanburg Day School

Spartanburg Nephrology Associates

Dr. Russell Booker

Mr. Timmigo Burnett

Mr. Todd Horne

Mr. Mitch Kennedy

Mr. Jack McBride

Mr. Victor Durrah Jr

Hon. Michael Brown

Mr. Monier Abusaft

Mr. Bert Barre

Coach Charles Blue

Dr. Kofi Appiah

Mr. Kyle Tracy

Mr. Rett Foust

Mr. Bishop Richardson

Mr. Clay Killoren

Mr. Russell Judge

Mr. Curt McPhail

Dr. Tom Evans

Mr. Landon Cohen

Mr. D.J. Moore

Mr. Darius Dawkins

Mr. Josh Corry

Mr. Jerrod Dawkins

Mr. Houston Graves

Mr. Tom Killoren

Mr. Vance Hammond

Mr. Greg Tolbert

Mr. Zion Williamson

Ms. Sheryl Booker

Hon. Erica Brown

Ms. Jennifer Evins

Mr. Jack MacMullan

Mr. Andrew Babb

Coach Mike Young

Hon. Jeff Horton

Mr. Willis Woodruff

Mr. Joseph Gray

Mr. TJ Shepard

Coach Lee Anderson

Mr. Nick Buxton

Mr. Bob Allsbrook

Dr. Morkor Newman

Ms. Lillian Osei-Boateng

Mr. Ned Page

Ms. Ansley Page

Ms. Donlyn Aiken

Ms. Sam Mitchell

Mr. Hill Mitchell

Ms. Alexis Bayiha

Ms. Averi Wood

Ms. Christine Scarpelli

Ms. Charmayne Brown

Check out some pictures and an article about the tournament in the Herald Journal!