Grants Committee Receive Training

Led by Mary Thomas and the Spartanburg County Foundation Community Leadership team, the Ball4Good Grants Committee learned how to review grants at the County Foundation.

The dynamic team comprises of 9 student leaders who reside in Spartanburg County.

To submit a proposal for the 2019 Celebrity Basketball Games grant, visit www.ball4good.org. Proposals are due November 6, 2018.

Celebrity Basketball Games Grant – Request for Proposals

Ball4Good is excited to announce that it is currently accepting proposals for its 2019 Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games. 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 2019 games are scheduled for April 28, 2019. 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. Please VISIT HERE for instructions.

Please email proposals to info@ball4good.org by 5:00 pm on November 6, 2018

We would like to thank the Spartanburg County Foundation for helping us prepare the Request for Proposals and for training our student leaders.

Welcome the 2019 Celebrity Game Grants Committee!

Ball4Good is happy to announce the addition of 6 student leaders to the Celebrity Games Grants Committee. These student leaders have shown a passion and commitment to their community. They are excited to play a vital role at Ball4Good.

Our leaders are:

Maxwell Booker – Spartan High

Will Beeson – Spartan High

Charity Metcalf – J.L. Mann

Liza Webster – Spartanburg Day

Adom Appiah – Spartanburg Day

Christopher Henderson – Oakbrook

Karine Nguyen – Spartanburg Day

We will be sharing individual profiles of our student leaders in the coming weeks.

Converse College Features Friends of Ball4Good on Magazine Cover

Congratulations to the Ball4Good friends featured on the cover of the summer 2018 edition of  Converse College’s magazine!

Mrs. Dawn Deck – Ball4Good celebrity cheerleader (back row, fourth from left)

Ms. Stinson Ferguson – Ball4Good advocate and friend (seated – right)

Dr. Kay Woodward – Ball4Good supporter and Converse College’s first black professor (seated – left)

 

 

Book Launch Benefits Baseball Organization

Our founder, Adom Appiah, launched his second book on August 10th at Big Air Spartanburg. The book is titled Bouncing Back from Failure. He wrote the book to tell kids just like him that failure isn’t the end. Ball4Good received donations at the event to benefit Carolina Miracle League, a nonprofit that helps kids play baseball. In addition to the funds raised at the launch, a percentage of proceeds from the book will benefit Carolina Miracle League. Here are some photos from the launch. Thanks to all our supporters! Enjoy the photos!

You can buy Bouncing Back from Failure at your local bookstore or here.

 

You can buy Appiah’s first book, Kids Can Change the World at your local bookstore or at this link.

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Ball4Good Represented at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Our founder, Adom Appiah, just competed at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee! He had an extraordinary experience, made several new friends, represented Ball4Good, Spartanburg Day School and the Upstate Region of South Carolina.

During the opening ceremony, 7 individuals were selected to represent the Bee’s core values. Representing “Potential” was none other than our own Adom Appiah. Head pronouncer Dr. Jaques Bailly addressed the audience, telling them about Adom’s work with Ball4Good and the community.

Appiah had the opportunity to hear Leland Melvin, an astronaut, and former NFL player. He also got the privilege of seeing Karthik Nemmani win the largest ever spelling bee live. The Bee was a weeklong activity, culminating in an awards banquet and after party.  Overall, Appiah had an enriching experience that he will miss.

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14-Year-Old Ball4Good Founder Receives Award for Civic Leadership & Community Change

Adom Appiah, the 14-year-old founder of Ball4Good and author of Kids Can Change the World received the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change from the Spartanburg County Foundation. The award recognizes the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life in the community. The Spartanburg County Foundation sought nominees who had developed innovative solutions to tackle critical community issues. Adom seized opportunities to make a difference by offering compassionate leadership, commitment and personal skills, with the ultimate goal of creating a better and brighter tomorrow.

Adom was honored at the Spartanburg County Foundation’s 75th annual meeting. Click link for Spartanburg Herald article.

Check out the award video.