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 Hill, Girl 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!
Congratulations to our friend Landon Cohen on receiving the Spartanburg Chamber Business Success Award! Cohen is a former NFL athlete and the founder of Light Transportation Co. & The Valet, LLC.
Our founder, Adom Appiah, launched his second book on August 10th at Big Air Spartanburg. The book is titled Bouncing Back from Failure. He wrote the book to tell kids just like him that failure isn’t the end. Ball4Good received donations at the event to benefit Carolina Miracle League, a nonprofit that helps kids play baseball. In addition to the funds raised at the launch, a percentage of proceeds from the book will benefit Carolina Miracle League. Here are some photos from the launch. Thanks to all our supporters! Enjoy the photos!
You can buy Bouncing Back from Failure at your local bookstore or here.
You can buy Appiah’s first book, Kids Can Change the World at your local bookstore or at this link.
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!
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!
We are happy to announce that Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Sports Medicine Institute will be one of our major sponsors for the 2018 Ball4Good Tournament!
We are super excited for what lies ahead. Please contact Ball4Good if you are interested in sponsoring, volunteering, playing or being a part of the tournament. 100% of the proceeds raised from the tournament will benefit nonprofits!
Keep an eye out for updates!
Happy New Year from Ball4Good! We hope you’ve had a memorable holiday and are prepared to start out the new year right. With this new year, comes our new logo! We wanted to incorporate other sports into our logo in order to grow Ball4Good to its full potential!
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Happy Holidays! At this special time of year, I’d like to thank you for supporting Ball4Good. We’ve had a great first year, and none of it would have been possible without you. I mean, who would have thought that a kid’s school project could turn into this? I sure didn’t.
Your support drives me to grow Ball4Good. With your help, we have supported or impacted the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Boy Scouts, The Cancer Association, Miracle Hill and the Hope Center for Children. We’ve had a lot of fun playing ball, raising funds and bringing the community together.
Thanks to my Ball4Good experience, I wrote a book to inspire kids to change the world and has been receiving public speaking engagements. Once again, thanks a million for believing in me! A big thank you to Ms. Thomas (mentor), Ms. Kelsea Turner (teacher), Houston Graves (2018 Tournament Partner), our volunteers, our celebrity players, my advisors, parents, family, friends and the entire community.
Enjoy your holiday season! Look out for details about the 2018 Ball4Good Tournament!
Founder – Ball4Good
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).