Local Man Uses NFT Project Cryptocurrency Funds For Bleach and Sports Equipment Upgrades
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – A former coach leads an effort to improve a park in Duval County.
Omar Perez created a NFT project in the world of cryptocurrencies and began using the funds to help pay for children’s sports equipment, and now, new bleachers at the Argyle Athletic Association.
Perez and his team checked out the park bleachers and some had no wood, others were worn and nowhere near good enough to sit on.
He decided he wanted to help build new bleachers around the park’s baseball field near Old Middleburg Road.
“Having bleachers alone adds that value and makes it more comfortable for the public to enjoy the game and support their loved ones while they play,” Perez said.
But that’s not all Perez does. He has already sponsored the participation costs of 10 children, including equipment and registration fees.
Perez said the reason he chose to start sponsorship with baseball was because he was a former softball coach at Oakleaf Junior High School. However, his team plans to expand the sponsorship to other sports in the future.
“We sponsor any sport, it doesn’t matter what sport you play, but from now on, that’s where I started because that’s my field: baseball and softball,” Perez said. .
“You see, a lot of kids don’t have the ability or the financial wherewithal to play recreational ball. In the United States, an average cost is $200 and the economy is collapsing, the first thing families cut is after-school activities,” Perez said.
Perez said what got him involved was passion.
“It was amazing. It’s well received, you know. People always see things like that and that’s a good thing. It’s good for us. It’s good for the community. It’s good for the kids,” Perez said. “And those kids who haven’t had the opportunity to play, the parents are very grateful for that, so that’s very rewarding in itself.”
He said he was also able to purchase equipment for some of the coaches, including a hitting net, heavy balls, cones, speed ladders, parachutes and exercise bands.
“Some little things that go a long way,” he said.
Perez said it’s not the end of giving back. They will also help children with spring sports.
If all goes well, NFT or Non-Fungible Token, a record associated with a digital or physical asset, will sell, creating money from the world of cryptocurrency and Web 3. This will help children in need, in the real world.
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