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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Contact: Caroline Goodman, Communications Officer, The Spartanburg County Foundation cgoodman@spcf.org ׀ (864) 582-0138

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.

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.