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HOUSTON, TX (January 20, 2022) – Varsity Chips, the first NFT (Non-Fungible Token) collection to celebrate high school athletes, launches to celebrate a shared love of high school teams, athletes, and communities, as well as the passion that makes high school athletics special to so many.
We believe that everyone, including high school athletes should be able to monetize their own name, image, and likeness. Varsity Chips owns the full rights to all footage and photos used for our NFT’s, but we still intend on compensating every athlete who is featured, because it is the right thing to do. While state rules prevent us from entering into agreements with high school student athletes in many states (including Texas), we are setting aside a portion of revenue and a collection of NFT’s for every athlete featured as soon as we are allowed to per their local state rules (usually after the completion of the season of the last sport they will be participating in at the high school level or graduation of high school).
Dillon Bell, Kinkaid
In addition to the monetary value, we are here to educate these athletes on marketing and the potential from them to monetize their brand in the metaverse and through NFT’s. We will work with athletes and their families to provide resources to further educate them on NIL Marketing, NFT’s, Cryptocurrencies, and Personal Finance.
NFT’s have broken into the sports space in a big way, giving fans, collectors, athletes, artists and investors a new and innovative way to own or sell a piece of sports history. The blockchain has allowed Varsity Chips to create a one of a kind (non-fungible) digital asset to represent anything from an image to a 3-D video. This market is in its infancy, but already garnering transactions only before seen in the international art market. The sales volume for NFT’s hit $2.5 billion in the first six months of 2021, up from a total of $13.7 million in all of 2020.
“High school athletes represent everything that is good about competitive sports. If an athlete is currently playing in high school, the potential upside of what they might become is at its all time high. And for most current college or professional athletes, they will tell you that playing high school sports was the most fun they’ve every had, and now fans will have the opportunity to commemorate and own those special moments. We anticipate that the demand for high school athlete NFT’s will excite the current and future marketplace by bridging the gap between systemic NFT purchases and the avid sports fan.” says Shane Hildreth, CEO of Varsity Chips.
To buy Varsity Chips, pack drops will be available on VarsityChips.io. Individual NFT “Chips” can also be bought from other community members on the secondary market on VarsityChips.io. Community members also have a line for constant conversation in the hosted discord channel.
About Varsity Chips
Varsity Chips is the first NFT collection to celebrate high school athletes. Each collectible NFT “Chip” includes a photo and highlight video clip of the featured athlete and a unique mint number and edition size to verify its rarity. Varsity Chips gives fans a way to show their support for their alma mater or local teams, as well as invest in sports’ futures stars and the future of sports collectibles.
What a big year it was for Houston-area private school football as Second Baptist School reached the TAPPS DII state title game and Emery/Weiner won the TAPPS 6-Man title. Kinkaid won the Southwest Preparatory Conference 4A title and John Cooper School won their first ever SPC 3A championship.
Here are the All-VYPE Offensive Teams of the Year presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedic and Sports Medicine.
Brady Dever, Fort Bend Christian Academy
Jake Wright, St. Thomas
(The winner will be announced as part of the 2021-22 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedic and Sports Medicine)
Jake Wright, St. Thomas
David Capobianco, Kinkaid
Doran Yustein, Emery/Weiner
Turner Murdock, Second Baptist
Tyler Prazak, Legacy Prep
Vaughn McKeever, John Cooper School
Sam LeBlue, Fort Bend Christian Academy
Eli Smith, Second Baptist School
Micah Bell, Kinkaid
Jaxson Pierce, John Cooper School
Cole Allen, St. John’s
Cody Andrus, Cypress Christian
Wesley Barnes, Bay Area Christian
Burke Battenfield, St. Pius X
Bijan Bobrow, Emery/Weiner
Johann Cardenas, St. Thomas
Leo Gerst, Emery/Weiner
Roric Hawkins Jr., The Woodlands Christian Academy
Smith Nave, Bay Area Christian
Reid Cordell, Second Baptist School
Michael Fite, St. Pius X
Beau Edwards, Episcopal
Colby Gorman, The Woodlands Christian Academy
Thomas Green, St. Thomas
Ty Cappi, Bay Area Christian
John Dearing, Second Baptist School
Jacob Moran, Cypress Christian
Caden Auger, Legacy Prep
Kade Sink, Bay Area Christian
Jackson Busch, Rosehill
Ezekiel Hogan, Cypress Christian
Samuel Kabatsky, Lutheran North
Ari Strauss, Emery Weiner
Cullen Witt, Episcopal
Bryan Domino, Fort Bend Christian Academy
Joel Hutchins, Lutheran South Academy
Cameron Price, St. Thomas
Marcus Chretien, Fort Bend Christian Academy
Grayson Kim, Second Baptist School
Blake Wiley, TWCA
Vincent Banks, Emery Weiner
Chase Behrens, Rosehill Christian
Willie Elliott, Houston Christian
Joe Madden, St. Thomas
Ian McCraray, Legacy Prep
Jackson Mobley, St. Pius X
Jackson Owen, Cypress Christian
Dillon Bell, Kinkaid
Zamari Bruce, Frassati Catholic
Grayson Beckman, Cypress Christian
Cam Henry, Kinkaid
Maxwell Landrum, Cypress Christian
Hudson Yezak, Concordia Lutheran
Second-TeamVincent Banks, Emery/Weiner
Adam Atwell, Bay Area Christian
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is Houston's leading provider of orthopedic services, from sports medicine to joint replacement. Houston Methodist offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services with a high standard of excellence for elite athletes, active adults and student athletes. Houston Methodist serves as the official health care provider for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Rice Athletics, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera.