Bentley University minted its first NFTs to celebrate Coach Barbara Stevens’ long and successful coaching career. The NFT drop celebrates her induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This move also makes Bentley one of the first universities to issue NFTs officially.
Along with Stevens, the recent Hall of Fame inductees included NBA legends Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan;
Bentley University pays tribute
The first NFT is a 1-of-1 offering representing Steven’s 1000th win, a milestone that only 11 other coaches in NCAA history have achieved. The second NFT is dedicated the female coach’s words of wisdom.
One of the first buyers of the new Bentley NFT is Associate Athletics Director Courtney Finn. Asked about her motivation, Finn said:
“Coach Stevens and Bentley University women’s basketball mean a lot to me and it’s exciting to see that the university is honoring her in this way.”
The collection has a special place in Finn’s heart because she was also the captain of the 2014 team that won the NCAA Division II championship for the university.
Education precedes Innovation
Bentley University is a blockchain and crypto-friendly institution. One of its Finance lecturers, Anurag Wakhlu, has included Crypto and NFTs in his Fintech Curriculum. Furthermore, interested students can join the Bentley Blockchain Association. Thus, it won’t be surprising to see future NFT drops from the University.
The university’s positive stance on crypto and NFTs puts its student in an excellent spot to pursue a career in blockchain. This move also benefits the emerging industry because having a pool of young talents can further push innovation.
Thought leaders liken blockchain to the early days of the internet. Thus, it can make either make businesses obsolete or transform them. Consequently, only experts can take advantage of this shift in technology. Education Institutions like Bentley are more likely to produce such experts.
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