Ball4Good Founder Named State Honoree

Pru Spirit

Ball4Good founder, Adom Appiah has been selected as South Carolina’s top High School Youth Volunteer in the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. He will receive $1,000 and be considered for one of ten national awards. Adom also qualified for the President’s Service Award which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country. He was nominated by Spartanburg Day School. Congratulations Adom!

Learn more about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards here.

Ball4Good Partners with BRUH Mentor for MLK Day Camp

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!

See a few pictures below:

Ball4Good Announces 2019 Celebrity Games Grant Finalists!

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:

2017 Recipient- Boys and Girls Club

2018 Recipient – Children’s Advocacy Center

2018 Finalists – Miracle Hill, Girl Scouts & Boys and Girls Club

The 2019 finalists are:

Project Hope FoundationProvides a lifespan of services to the autism community.

Citizen ScholarsProvides 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:

Boiling Springs High School

Dorman High School

J.L. Mann Academy

Oakbrook Preparatory

Spartanburg Day School

Spartanburg High School

Thank you to the Spartanburg County Foundation and AKBOA Consulting for guiding us throughout the process.

The Ball4Good Celebrity Basketball Games will be held on Sunday April 28, 2019. Thank you for your continued support.

For sponsorship and donation opportunities, please contact info@ball4good.org.

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 8 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:

Rex Bingham – Dorman

Emily Campbell – Boiling Springs

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)

 

 

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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Zion Williamson Day in Spartanburg!

April 22

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.

 

Photography by Jeremiah Drummond and Hill Mitchell

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.