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Backed by Elefund, CEO of Dapper Labs, and Hip Hop Icon Nas, SportsIcon Looks to Score in the Sports NFT Arena

Additional funding from NBA Champion Andrew Bogut, wndrco, former YouTube CEO and others; company to feature NFTs from athletes across the sports landscape


SportsIcon, a new sports-focused NFT platform, today announced a new round of funding from an all-star group of investors including rap legend turned investor Nas; Elefund, former NBA champion Andrew Bogut; Roham Gharegozlou, the CEO of Dapper Labs, creators of NBA Top Shot; wndrco, On Deck Runway Fund, Nihal Mehta of Eniac Ventures, serial entrepreneur Sunny Madra, Mike Edwards of Argo Blockchain, Anand Agarawala, Founder of Spatial, Andrew Masanto of Reserve Protocol, Hedera Hashgraph and Pet Lab Co., and Chad Hurley, the founder and former CEO of YouTube. The exact amount of the raise was not disclosed but is in the seven figures. 

SportsIcon will be working with a host of athletes to offer 15-20 NFTs -- each a chapter in a story centered around iconic moments from their lives and careers. The NFTs are created by incorporating archival footage plus original content filmed exclusively with the icon as well as digital artists to create one-of-a-kind, inalterable digital memorabilia.

In addition to collectible NFTs, the company will also work with these superstar athletes to produce immersive two-hour masterclasses, giving fans access to their mental and physical training methods, techniques, and best practices.

The company is led by Chris Worsey, a veteran founder of multiple Edtech startups, Alexi Yovanoff, a former FIFA Match Agent and Director at Integer Sport, and Matt Smithies, a Hashgraph Hedera MVP, CTO of DOVU, and an expert blockchain developer.

“The coming decade will be remembered as the Age of Digitization, and as if often the case with technological innovations, it will be led by the sports industry,” said Chris Worsey, Founder of SportsIcon. “NFTs provide the most passionate fans to own a unique piece of sporting history in a manner previously unavailable.”

The company is currently developing NFT agreements with icons past and present from across various sports, including soccer, tennis, MMA, basketball, and baseball.

“Sport delivers many of the most iconic moments in our shared cultural history, and engenders passions amongst fans like nothing else,” said Serik Kaldykulov SportsIcon investor and Partner at Elefund. ”SportsIcon is allowing athletes to directly connect with fans in new and engaging ways and is poised to be at the epicenter of a new era of sports memorabilia"

About SportsIcon
Headquartered in London, SportsIcon connects you with the greatest sports teams and athletes of all time through NFTs and immersive masterclasses. Learn more at You can also follow SportsIcon and Chris Worsey on Twitter for the latest news and developments on athlete signings, new drops and more.


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