All auction proceeds in support of John Howard Society through Give Proof To Our Youth

Brandon Banks, in conjunction with M&G Collections and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, will become the first Canadian Football League player to release a non-fungible token (NFT) and auction it off for charity. The auction, hosted on the NFT platform Rarible at and conducted in Ethereum (ETH), will begin at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 8 and close on Monday, April 12 at 1 p.m. EDT.

Banks, a longtime Tiger-Cats receiver/kick returner and the CFL’s reigning Most Outstanding Player, will donate all proceeds from the auction through Give Proof To Our Youth to the John Howard Society’s David Lane Youth Success Fund. The winner will receive the official NFT (design below) and a personal experience that will either include two tickets to a game and an on-field meet and greet with Banks (if the winner is local) or an autographed jersey and a virtual meet and greet with Banks (if the winner is not local or unable to attend a game).

“Over the past year, I’ve been trying to think of unique ways to continue to be involved in the Hamilton community since I can’t physically be there right now,” said Banks. “The opportunity to be a pioneer in the NFT space among CFL circles and raise money for a cause near and dear to my heart in Hamilton, my second home, was a perfect fit.”

A non-fungible token, or NFT, is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item that is not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, audio, videos, items in video games and other forms of creative work.

For more information on the auction or the bidding process with ETH cryptocurrency, follow M&G Collections on Instagram ( or contact Grant Laschowski at

About M&G Collections
Co-founded by Grant Laschowski, advisor to professional athletes and entertainers across North America, and Toronto-based designer Matt Santos, M&G Collections assists athletes and entertainers in creating and launching their very own NFTs.

About Give Proof To Our Youth
​Created in 2012 by Sherri Bonnallie, “Give Proof To Our Youth” is a local Hamilton organization that encourages healthy life choices in youth aged 10-to-19 by promoting education and positive participation in community activities with the goal of showing ALL Youth have Worth. Working with local youth and families in the upper/lower Hamilton areas, GPTOY identifies opportunities, services and programs that can eliminate negative conditioning that diminishes personal hope and expectations, and helps them find their passions and path towards future endeavors. To become a sponsor, visit

About David Lane Youth Success Fund
The David Lane Youth Success Fund is a special purpose fund established by Rudy and Suzanne Florio with the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area. The Fund is to support and enrich the lives of marginalized youth who have successfully faced and managed with the support of the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area multiple challenges and barriers in their lives. Youth who are pursuing post-secondary studies at a university, college or training school level are eligible to apply for a post-secondary school financial award to support their studies.

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