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Scoring for a Cause: Supporting Jamaica's 1st AAU/PREP Travel Teams with Every Basket

Hey, everyone! It's Verse Mega here, and I've got an exciting and meaningful journey to share with you. As you may know, I'm passionate about both my Jamaican roots and the game of basketball. So when I found out about Jamaica's first-ever travel AAU/Prep Basketball Team, P.H.A.S.E. 1 Academy, I knew I had to get involved. 🇯🇲🏀


Basketball has been a love and a lifeline for me since I can remember. It's not just a game; it's a community, a passion, and a bridge to a world of opportunities. Now, I've stumbled upon an exciting opportunity that allows me to combine my love for basketball with my deep affection for Jamaica, and I couldn't be more thrilled to share it with you.


Jamaica having its very own AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) and Prep travel basketball teams, is monumental for the Jamaican basketball community, as it opens doors to opportunities that were previously beyond reach for the young talents in our beloved country.

To support P.H.A.S.E. 1 Academy and these talented young athletes, I decided to bring back an old-school basketball fundraiser with a twist. The athletes in P.H.A.S.E. 1 Academy have a specific eligibility requirement, and they need financial support to pursue their basketball dreams.


So, here's the plan: I'm turning my Tuesday night basketball games into a fundraiser. But there's a twist – I'm inviting you to be part of it! You can be a crucial player in this journey by supporting financially.


Here's how you can join this incredible mission:

1. Make Your Pledge: Visit my Instagram feed, @versemega, before my Tuesday basketball games. You'll have the opportunity to make a pledge for a specific amount per point I score during the game. Your support makes a big difference!


2. Cash App Contribution: After each game, fulfill your pledge by making a payment to the Cash App account "$Versemega." It's a direct way to support this wonderful cause.


3. Watch Live: As a hooper, I'm eager to show you that I'm truly a bucket, and I'll give my all to make every point count. Tune in to my live games on Instagram to show even greater support for this mission. It's a chance to cheer me on while we work together for a good cause.


Pledge Options:

I've come up with some fun and impactful pledge options, and you can choose the one that resonates with you:


- 5 cents per point: Every bit counts, and with your support, I might be able to grab some new shoe laces.


- 10 cents per point: This could go towards a refreshing Gatorade for the team, perfect for replenishing our energy during games.


- 25 cents per point: Your generosity could provide Gatorade for one of our practices, helping us stay hydrated and focused.


- 50 cents per point: This is a respectable pledge and could contribute to covering the costs of our basketball sneakers – they're not cheap!


- $1 per point: In Jamaica, we say, "Jamaica Loves You!" With this pledge, you're not just supporting me; you're supporting our entire basketball community. Big up yourself every time!


- $2 per point: If you're feeling especially generous with your bread, I see you! Your support is invaluable, and I'm too happy to be offended by what this says about my game.


And remember, any pledge, big or small, is valuable. Every contribution adds up and makes a difference in these aspiring athletes' lives. Together, we can be part of something great.


A Proud Jamaican and Basketball Lover

I can't express enough how proud I am to be Jamaican. Basketball was one of the first things in America that allowed me to fit in and make lifelong friends. The unity and camaraderie that sports bring are truly remarkable.


P.H.A.S.E. 1 Academy is opening up opportunities that were previously unavailable to kids in Jamaica, and they need every opportunity they can get. This cause means the world to me, and I greatly appreciate anything you can do to help me support it.


So, reply with a "yes" and your pledge amount, or even a "maybe next time." Let's come together and make a difference in the lives of these aspiring athletes. As we say, "Every mickle mek a muckle." Bless!



- By Verse Mega






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Douglas Reid
Douglas Reid
Nov 02, 2023

Thank you Verse Mega for this inspired approach to fundraising for Jamaica's young and aspiring ballers. We are blessed to have supporters like yourself. All the best in your endeavors.

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