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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Ball4Good Founder Releases 3rd Book to Motivate Children

Adom Appiah, founder of Ball4Good, has written a third book to motivate children. In the Spring of 2019, Adom was named the South Carolina High School State Honoree for the prestigious Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

As part of the Spirit of Community Awards celebrations, Adom visited Washington, DC elementary schools with 101 student State Honorees from across the United States. During the school visits, he was given the opportunity to read his book – Kids Can Change the World to first graders. The questions posed by these younger readers during the DC and prior school visits, motivated Adom to write a simpler version of the book for children from Pre-K through second grade. 

Kids Can Change the World – Young Readers’ Edition, was released on August 5, 2019. The book is available in select bookstores and online. 

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Ball4Good Receives Support from SunTrust Foundation

Ball4Good is pleased to announce that it received a $2,500 grant from SunTrust Foundation. The grant will be used to support the Ball4Good Preparedness program. The purpose of the Preparedness program is to help youth excel in school, prepare for college and train for future jobs.

As part of the grant implementation process, Ball4Good will partner with Brothers Restoring Urban Hope and Citizen Scholars to equip 6-12 graders in the seven Spartanburg county school districts, and college students, in the areas of job preparedness, academics, physical health, emotional maturity, social competence and communication skills.

Kimberly Jolley, First Vice President at SunTrust and the SunTrust family have been supportive of Ball4Good since the organization’s inception. Representatives of SunTrust have participated in past Ball4Good activities.

About Ball4Good

The mission of Ball4Good is to support communities and nonprofits through sports. As part of the Ball4Good Preparedness program, the organization is happy to join community efforts to combat poverty in Spartanburg and beyond.

Boys and Girls Clubs Support Ball4Good Games!

In 2017, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate were the first recipients of the first Ball4Good grant. On April 28th, 2019 the organization joined Ball4Good in raising funds for 4 local nonprofits. Two teams from the Cleveland and Pacolet Clubs played an exhibition game to kick off the third annual celebrity games. Thank you Boys and Girls Clubs!

Ball4Good to Hold Third Annual Celebrity Basketball Games

SPARTANBURG – The third annual Ball4Good Celebrity Games will be held Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 3:00-5:00pm at Spartanburg Day School.  This event will feature Spartanburg celebrities playing in action-packed basketball games to raise money for local nonprofits. Along with the Spartanburg celebrities, former Michigan State University player and the first athlete with autism to play Big 10 basketball, Anthony Ianni, will be on the roster.  

“Having Anthony here in Spartanburg and playing in the Ball4Good Celebrity Games is an incredible opportunity for people to learn more about autism and the effects of bullying in school,” says Adom Appiah, founder of Ball4Good and ninth-grader at Spartanburg Day School.  

Ianni’s involvement in the Celebrity Games is not by accident.  The event’s proceeds will support Project HOPE Foundation, an organization that serves families and individuals with autism in Spartanburg County and across the Upstate.  Ianni now travels the country speaking to student groups about bullying and overcoming autism.

“Anthony’s mission aligns perfectly with Project HOPE Foundation, and we are happy to support our local autism community through this organization,” Appiah continues.

Founded in 1997 by moms looking for services for their young sons with autism, Project HOPE Foundation offers programs that benefit not only the child affected with autism but also the entire family, all of whom are forever changed by this diagnosis.  Project HOPE Foundation provides a lifespan of services for the autism community, through programs that Help families, Open minds, Promote inclusion and Expand potential. The organization provides individualized services to a broad range of people across ages, across the spectrum of autism, and across programs (ABA therapy, classroom options, adult employment, social groups, life skills, community outreach, and professional trainings).  

“We are honored and grateful to be this year’s Ball4Good grant recipient,” said Lisa Lane, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Project HOPE Foundation. “This gift will help us grow Printed by HOPE, the t-shirt printing business we’ve started to help our young adults gain valuable job skills.”

In addition to granting to Project HOPE, Ball4Good will recognize three additional nonprofits during this year’s Celebrity Games: Sidewalk Hope, Citizen Scholars Institute, and Brothers Restoring Urban Hope (BRUH Mentor).  

Nine student representatives from across Spartanburg County coordinated the grants selection process. Several students and adult volunteers are part of the event planning team.

“It is so inspiring that Ball4Good has raised so much money and awareness by connecting people’s love for sports with the needs in our community. Being able to be a part of this process and choose a foundation in need of the grant has been truly amazing,” says Liza Webster, a middle school representative on the Ball4Good Grants Committee.

“Working with Ball4Good provided a great opportunity to learn about various organizations in our community that serve children and how philanthropy can help in those efforts,” says Maxwell Booker, a 9th grade student at Spartanburg High School and Ball4Good Grants Committee member.

Spartanburg High School 10th grader and Ball4Good committee member Will Beeson adds, “I’ve been lucky to be a part of Ball4Good and I am excited to see what good the organization will continue to do for our community.”

The Ball4Good Celebrity Games is a collaboration between Ball4Good, Southeastern Paper, The Spartanburg County Foundation, City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg schools, and several community leaders.  Tickets to the Celebrity Basketball Games are $10 and can be purchased online at www.ball4good.org.

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Founded by Adom Appiah, Ball4Good is a 501(c)(3) organization supporting the community and other nonprofits through sports.  Ball4Good began as a school project during the fall of 2016. Mrs. Kelsea Turner of Spartanburg Day School inspired her students to dedicate 20% of history period to a service project. Mrs. Turner called the project 20Time. Ball4Good is a result of Adom’s 7th grade 20Time project.

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