Charles Blue and Joseph Gray to Ref Ball4Good Game

Ball4Good Advisor and Dorman Head JV Basketball Coach, Charles Blue has offered to be a referee during the upcoming Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Game. He will be joined by former Spartanburg Day Middle School Coach – Joseph Gray. The game is slated for July 10th at Spartanburg Day School.

Coach Blue Pictured with Ball4Good Founder, Adom Appiah
Coach Gray Speaks at a Book Launch

Ball4Good to Hold 2022 Celebrity Basketball Game

The Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Game will be held Sunday, July 10th, 2022, at Spartanburg Day School. This event will feature Spartanburg community leaders and residents playing in an action-packed basketball game to raise money for local nonprofits. In addition to youth groups, Spartanburg’s own Mayor Jerome Rice will be exhibiting his skills on the court!

This year’s grant winner is Brother’s Restoring Urban Hope (BRUH Mentor). Honorees are SC School for the Deaf and Blind Foundation, Citizen Scholars, and Brown Girls Read.

Don’t miss a fun afternoon for a good cause. RESERVE YOUR TICKET OR DONATE HERE.

Stay tuned for players, coaches, and cheerleader information.

To play or participate in the games, please email info@ball4good.org.

This event is made possible with the help of:

  • Gerrish Milliken Foundation
  • United Way of the Piedmont
  • Atchison Transportation
  • Spartanburg County Foundation
  • Spartanburg Day School
  • Beeson Family
  • Spartanburg Nephrology Associates
  • Paul and Nancy Cote
  • Vice Bailey Automotive
  • Elliott and Michel Stone
  • Katherine O. and Bert D. Barre Family Fund
  • Appiah Family
  • Paul and Stan Baker
  • Fogarty
  • Bopp
  • The Barnet Foundation Trust
  • Barney and Elaine Gosnell
  • Jaime Wall
  • Elaine Freeman
  • Mary Thomas
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Park National Bank
  • Booker Family
  • City of Spartanburg

RESERVE YOUR TICKET OR SUPPORT HERE.

Judah McJimpsey Commits to Howard University Football

Judah McJimpsey Commits to Howard University Football (Photo Credit – Valdez McJimpsey)

We are happy to share that Grants Committee member, Judah McJimpsey will be pursuing his academic and athletic career at Howard University.

A member of the 2022 Spartanburg High School graduating class, Judah’s best attributes include a strong work ethic, dedication to achievement, and an optimistic attitude. He desires to help those who struggle mentally and emotionally by becoming a leader in the field of mental health and wellness. A disciplined player who is adaptable and versatile, Judah is a servant leader who excels on and off the field.  Congratulations Judah.

Ball4Good Grants Committee Member- Judah McJimpsey and Founder – Adom Appiah

Booker Named U.S. Presidential and National Merit Scholar

Booker Named U.S. Presidential and National Merit Scholar
U.S. Presidential Scholar and National Merit Scholar Award Recipient – Maxwell Booker

Congratulations to Grants Committee Vice Chair Maxwell Booker on being named a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar! Established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the United States’ most distinguished graduating high school seniors, Booker is one of 161 students recognized in 2022.

The first African-American to earn this prestigious honor at Spartanburg High School, Booker is a National Merit Scholar, as well as the Heisman High School Recipient at his high school.

Accepted to several prestigious schools, including all of the six Ivy Leagues he applied to, Booker received over one million dollars in institutional and merit scholarships.

He will be attending Harvard University in the fall of 2022.

Ball4Good Vice President – Maxwell Booker, Pictured with Founder – Adom Appiah

3 Ball4Good Volunteers Receive Watson-Brown Scholarship

3 Ball4Good Volunteers Receive  Watson-Brown Scholarship

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:

University of Richmond – Karine Nguyen

University of Virginia – Emily Grace Coburn

Washington and Lee University – Florian Sloan

Learn more about the Watson-Brown Foundation here.

Grants Committee Reviews Summer and Fall Grants

The Ball4Good Grants Committee have chosen 4 nonprofits as beneficiaries of the proceeds from the upcoming August 29th Soccer Games. The nonprofits are as follows:

Sidewalk Hope

Children’s Cancer Partners

Tyger River Children’s Center

Criminal Justice Youth Institute

Stay tuned for additional updates.

BALL4GOOD AWARDS GRANT TO HALTER IN SUPPORT OF MBK ALLIANCE

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.

HALTER, (Healing and Learning Through Equine Relationships) is a nonprofit in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Founded in 1987, the organization is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. HALTER’s services primarily focuses on people with physical and/or cognitive delays.

Nonprofits - Apply for the Ball4Good Grants

Apply for the Ball4Good Annual Grants

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.

Click here to view RFP.

Ball4Good Names 5 Nonprofits to Receive Grants

The Ball4Good Grants Committee has named 5 nonprofits to receive $1,000 grants from the Spring Grant Cycle.
The organizations are:
YMCA: The YMCA’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice
through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Clemson University Tiger Alliance: Seeks to increase educational
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.
South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind: A statewide leader in education and accessibility for individuals who are deaf, blind, or sensory multi-disabled.
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.