Bringing Baseball to the Blockchain to Help Support Underserved Communities
CINCINNATI, March 23, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Sandlot Sloths has teamed up with Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Youth Program to launch its non-fungible token (NFT) collection of 5,944 hand-drawn sloths on the Ethereum blockchain. Each sloth acts as a membership pass to the Sandlot Sloths community: a collective of baseball fans who share their love for the sport through IRL experiences and merchandise, all while supporting underserved communities through its charity partner, RBI.
“Our goal is to build a community of baseball fans that share a passion for America’s pastime while supporting young people from underserved communities with the opportunity to play,” said founder Jonathan Levey. “Sandlot Sloths is how we aim to accomplish this.”
The pre-sale will take place on March 30, at which time members on the allowlist will have the opportunity to mint up to 9 tokens at a discounted price of 0.03 ETH. To be considered for the allowlist, prospective buyers may register via HeyMint at http://heymint.xyz/sandlot-sloths. Otherwise, the public mint begins March 31 and will be available for 0.042 ETH.
By owning a Sandlot Sloths digital collectible, not only do holders gain access to an entire community of baseball fans, but they are also eligible to receive a number of perks associated with owning a token, including IRL meetups and tickets to MLB games; free merchandise; ETH (cryptocurrency) airdrop; exclusive giveaways; automatic allowlist for future drops; and a vote in how charity funds are distributed.
For every Sandlot Sloths NFT purchased, 20% of all initial sales will be donated to RBI to ensure that every child has the opportunity to play in a wide range of organizations that are affiliated with the program. Furthermore, 2% of all secondary sales from the Sandlot Sloths collection will be donated to RBI on a monthly basis. Holders of Sandlot Sloths NFTs get fractional voting rights to decide how the funds are distributed and used by the program.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I want to thank Jonathan Levey and his Sandlot Sloths NFT for their support of the RBI program,” said David James, Vice President of Baseball & Softball Development, MLB. “The RBI program continues to provide opportunities to underserved children and communities, and their generosity will certainly help our efforts in strengthening the program around the world.”
About Sandlot Sloths:
Sandlot Sloths is an exclusive, baseball-focused community open to holders of its NFT. The membership is purchased on the blockchain as a NFT and owned by the token holder to gain access to special perks, one-of-a-kind experiences, as well as a vote on how charity funds are distributed.
Sandlot Sloths was created by its dedicated founder, Jonathan Levey, who’s worked in digital marketing for over a decade helping to launch several brands in addition to experience working in Minor League Baseball for seven seasons. Jonathan is supported by his Strategic Advisor, Jarrod Parker, who is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks & Oakland Athletics.
“The idea and mission of the Sandlot Sloths building a project to support youth baseball was a no-brainer for me to join,” Parker said. “I’m more than excited to bring energy and resources to help the Sandlot Sloths grow and drive an initiative with purpose… to the moon. Bringing players, fans and community together through NFTs is the future.”
For more information, visit http://www.sandlotsloths.com
About Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities:
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is Major League Baseball’s youth outreach program that supports youth-serving organizations providing access to baseball and/or softball league play for their communities. RBI focuses on opportunities for youth in underserved communities, but also wants to ensure that every child has the opportunity to play. There is a wide range of organizations that are affiliates of RBI from Major League Clubs, Minor League Clubs, Park & Recreation Departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other independent community organizations. Level of play and types of programming vary from organization to organization, ranging from grassroots entry-level programming, league play, competitive tournament play, and academic enrichment, allowing the organizations to provide opportunities for all.
For more information, visit http://www.mlb.com/rbi
Jonathan Levey, Sandlot Sloths, 1 5133012600, email@example.com
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