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 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!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.