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.
For sponsorship and donation opportunities, please contact email@example.com.
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.
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
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 happy to announce that four nonprofits have been selected as finalists for the Celebrity Game funds. These nonprofits received the most votes during the Spartanburg Day School 20Time fair. During the fair, students voted for several nonprofits in the area. The finalists are:
Boys and Girls Club – An outcome-driven youth development program that serves
over 1,300 Upstate children every day after school throughout the school year and over 600 all day in the summer.
Children Advocacy Center – The Children’s Advocacy Center wants each Spartanburg child to grow up with a sense of dignity and self-worth. That’s why it is their mission to help children speak up about abuse and heal from it.
Girl Scouts – Unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. This one-of- a-kind program is time-tested and research-backed and prepares girls to take the lead in their own lives and in the world.
Miracle Hill – Provides food, shelter, and compassion to residents of Spartanburg County. Many men and women have been able to rebuild their lives and become productive members of the community once again.
Thank you to the Spartanburg County Foundation for its guidance throughout the process.
The Ball4Good Celebrity Games is possible with sponsorship and support from the following:
Event Partner: Spartanburg County Foundation
Hoops Partner: Spartanburg Day School
Gold Sponsorship (All Day): Sports Medicine Institute, SunTrust Bank and Mr. Billy Webster & Family
Silver Sponsorship (Buckets): Spartanburg Nephrology Associates, Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Miller and Carolina Alliance Bank
Bronze Sponsorship (Bring the House Down): Ms. Loreta Dylgjeri
Voting is underway to select the recipient(s). Stay tuned!
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 all for your incredible support at the 2018 20Time Fair! Thanks to you, our community will benefit from great projects. Ball4Good was able to sell hoodies and t-shirts to fans who wanted to show their spirit!
Ball4Good organized a fundraiser with the soccer, volleyball, and tennis teams at Spartanburg Day School to purchase winter hats for the Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. We were able to purchase $2,500 worth of hats at a discount.
A special donation came from the Cothran triplets, Alex, Will, and Olivia. They donated their birthday money to go towards the purchase of the winter hats. Alex and Will are on the soccer team with our founder, and Olivia is on the volleyball team.
Pictured (from left to right): Ms. Glaydeane Lee (Executive Director of the Cancer Association), Ms. Olivia Cothran, Mr. Alexander Cothran, Mr. Will Cothran, Mr. Adom Appiah (our founder), and Mr. Houston Graves (2018 Tournament Partner).
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!