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.

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.

Ball4Good Announces 2020 Celebrity Games Grant Finalists!

The Ball4Good Grants Committee is excited to announce that four nonprofits have been selected as finalists for the Basketball Celebrity Game funds. The committee reviewed grant applications from late December through early February. Past recipients of the Celebrity Game grants are:

2017 Recipient- Boys and Girls Club

2018 Recipient – Children’s Advocacy Center

2018 Finalists – Miracle HillGirl Scouts & Boys and Girls Club

2019 Recipient – Project Hope Foundation

2019 Finalists – Citizen Scholars, Sidewalk Hope, and BRUH Mentor

The 2020 finalists 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.

 

Students will be voting for the grant recipient during the month of February. Congratulations to our four finalists!

2019 Highlights!

Thanks for your support throughout the year! Look what you helped us accomplish in 2019!!
Organizations Supported
  1. Boys and Girls Clubs
  2. BRUH Mentor
  3. Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas
  4. Citizen Scholars
  5. Emerge Family Therapy Center
  6. Pacolet Elementary
  7. Project Hope Foundation
  8. Sidewalk Hope
Activities / Events
  1. MLK Day
  2. Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games
  3. Kicks4Cancer
  4. School Visits
  5. Site Visits
  6. 2019 Grants Training & Review
  7. Play4Miracles Sports Drive
  8. Volunteering

Spartanburg County Foundation Provides Students with Grants Training

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.

Ball4Good Founder Named Young Hero & Featured in The Washington Post!

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!

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

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.
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Kicks4Cancer to Benefit Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas

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!

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