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 Foundation: Provides a lifespan of services to the autism community.
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.
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
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.
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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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
We are happy to announce that the Children’s Advocacy Center has been chosen as the recipient of the Ball4Good Celebrity Game funds. The Center’s mission is to help children speak up about abuse and heal from it. The executive director, Mrs. Suzy Cole is busy preparing for her celebrity basketball debut on game day!
Three other organizations were named finalists and will be honored at the games. These organizations are the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate, Girl Scouts and Miracle Hill Ministries.
Event tickets are scheduled to go on sale on March 20th, 2018. The event will be held on April 22nd. Several local celebrities have signed up to play, coach or cheer. The list includes, former NFL and WNBA stars, CEOs, community leaders, college presidents, coaches, the nation’s number one high school power forward, high school standouts and many more.
The event is made possible by the Spartanburg County Foundation, Sports Medicine Institute, SunTrust Bank, Spartanburg Day School, Carolina Alliance Bank, Spartanburg Nephrology Associates and Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Miller.
It’s going to be a fun afternoon!
We are partnering with the Spartanburg County Foundation to bring the community a fun afternoon of celebrity basketball! Check back for updates.
A big thank you to our sponsors to date:
Sports Medicine Institute (Gold Sponsor)
SunTrust Bank (Gold Sponsor)
Carolina Alliance Bank (Silver Sponsor)
Spartanburg Day School (In kind sponsor)
Please contact us if you have any additional questions about the tournament.
Thank you so much to the 700+ people from the community, our volunteers, our coaches, and our players. None of this would have been possible without your support!
Special thanks to:
The Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate
Ms. Mary Thomas
Ms. Kelsea Turner
Dr. Rachel Deems
Ms. Caroline Goodman
The Spartanburg County Foundation
Spartanburg Day School
Spartanburg Nephrology Associates
Dr. Russell Booker
Mr. Timmigo Burnett
Mr. Todd Horne
Mr. Mitch Kennedy
Mr. Jack McBride
Mr. Victor Durrah Jr
Hon. Michael Brown
Mr. Monier Abusaft
Mr. Bert Barre
Coach Charles Blue
Dr. Kofi Appiah
Mr. Kyle Tracy
Mr. Rett Foust
Mr. Bishop Richardson
Mr. Clay Killoren
Mr. Russell Judge
Mr. Curt McPhail
Dr. Tom Evans
Mr. Landon Cohen
Mr. D.J. Moore
Mr. Darius Dawkins
Mr. Josh Corry
Mr. Jerrod Dawkins
Mr. Houston Graves
Mr. Tom Killoren
Mr. Vance Hammond
Mr. Greg Tolbert
Mr. Zion Williamson
Ms. Sheryl Booker
Hon. Erica Brown
Ms. Jennifer Evins
Mr. Jack MacMullan
Mr. Andrew Babb
Coach Mike Young
Hon. Jeff Horton
Mr. Willis Woodruff
Mr. Joseph Gray
Mr. TJ Shepard
Coach Lee Anderson
Mr. Nick Buxton
Mr. Bob Allsbrook
Dr. Morkor Newman
Ms. Lillian Osei-Boateng
Mr. Ned Page
Ms. Ansley Page
Ms. Donlyn Aiken
Ms. Sam Mitchell
Mr. Hill Mitchell
Ms. Alexis Bayiha
Ms. Averi Wood
Ms. Christine Scarpelli
Ms. Charmayne Brown
Check out some pictures and an article about the tournament in the Herald Journal!