15-year-old creates nonprofit, publishes 3 books, wins $10K young hero award

Adam Appiah, a 15-year-old from Spartanburg, SC has written and published three books , made to the spelling bee, and even started a non profit. His nonprofit organization has helped more than a dozen upscale charities. This 15-year-old boy’s achievements have led to a national award and a $10,000 prize.

Adam Appiah does not mind going the extra mile for his community. This Spartanburg native loves basketball and at 12 years old he had an idea for a 7th grade project. His idea was called Ball4Good. Appiah invited celebrities and athletes to play basketball games and raise money for local charities.

Mary Thomas, his mentor helped him with this idea that eventually became a non profit that went on to raise over $70k for 16 different charities.

This humble young man said he’s not in it for praise. “I really don’t want it to be about me, said Adam. “I want it to be about the whole Ball4good effort and the team behind it because without a team we can’t get anything done.”

One of his books has been accepted by the US Library of Congress and earned this year’s Gloria Barron prize for young heroes. The Gloria Barron prize grants 15 young people with a $10,000 to fund their service work and education.

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