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Adom Appiah is president of his freshman class at Spartanburg Day School. No surprise to anyone who knows him, as Adom is a like-able, smart kid. (He even competed in the 2017 and 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bees!) What may surprise those of you who are unfamiliar with Adom’s story: this 14-year old has written two (2!) books, started his own non-profit and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate.

Adom’s non-profit is called Ball4Good, and their mission is to support communities and nonprofits through sports. It started as a celebrity benefit game which ended up raising $7,500 for the Boys and Girls Club. For his efforts in fundraising, he was the 2018 recipient of the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership & Community Change and the 2018 President’s Volunteer Service Award.

He is the author of two “by kid for kids” books, both of which are recommended reading for students, entitled Kids Can Change the World: A Middle Schooler’s Guide top Turning Passion into Progress and Bouncing Back from Failure.

Kids Can Change the World contains a 12-step process to guide kids to find their passion and turn it into action. Bouncing Back from Failure is an honest and concise account of Adom’s encounters with disappointment. His uplifting perspective motivates the reader to adopt a positive mindset.

You can keep up with this shooting star on his social media accounts, or – if he continues on this trajectory – he’ll be running the world in no time at all.

@iamadomappiah on FB/Insta/Twitter

Please join us in congratulating this 2019 Upstate Black History Maker!

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