NEW YORK – Duke Athletics has announced a partnership with OneOf, the multi-chain platform revolutionizing sports, lifestyle, and music blockchain collectibles and experiences, for a special NFT collection.
The collection will run March 3-5, 2022, timed with Duke’s men’s basketball game on March 5 at Cameron Indoor Stadium – the final home game for Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The winningest coach in college basketball history with 1,194 victories, Coach K has led the Blue Devils to five NCAA Division I championships, 12 Final Four appearances, 15 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament titles and 12 ACC regular season titles.
“We’re excited to enter a new space that will engage our passionate fans even more,” said Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King. “The beneficiary of outstanding leadership and amazing players for many decades, Duke men’s basketball has built one of the great sports dynasties. With such a historic occasion coming on March 5, this was the right time to provide our fans with an opportunity to finally become part of an ever-growing NFT community.”
“OneOf is extremely proud to work with Duke Athletics to commemorate this historic occasion,” says Joshua James, COO & Co-Founder, OneOf. “Coach K is a living legend who exemplifies everything that is great about sports.”
Specific information regarding the tiers of the upcoming NFT collection will be released prior to March 3.
As with all of OneOf’s NFT collections, a portion of the proceeds from the NFTs will go directly to a charitable cause. This drop will support Krzyzewski’s nonprofit organization located in Durham, N.C., The Emily K Center, which equips students with the skills necessary to successfully complete higher education and become agents of change within their communities.
OneOf’s first venture into college athletics, the Duke Athletics NFT launch is the latest in a string of exciting 2022 news for the company. It also includes the platform’s recently announced Sports Illustrated covers series that celebrates superstar athletes including Muhammad Ali, Shaquille O’Neal, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice and more, as well as new major music partnerships with Warner Music Group and The Grammy Awards.
OneOf is a NFT platform designed to create an environmentally sustainable, creator-and-fan-friendly experience. Built on multiple environmentally responsible proof-of-stake blockchain protocol, including Tezos and Polygon, minting a NFT on OneOf’s platform uses up to two million times less energy than other proof-of-work networks, and for its artist, athletes, and brand partners, minting NFTs costs $0 in blockchain transaction fees. OneOf aims to bring the next 100M non-crypto-native fans into web3 by removing the technical frictions and allowing fans to pay for their NFTs with credit/debit cards as well as many top cryptocurrencies. Dedicated to charitable causes, OneOf offers partners using their platform the option to donate portions of their NFT proceeds to charities of their choice.