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Upstream to Power St. John’s University “Johnnies Day” First Digital Collectible (NFT) Launch Feb. 11th at Madison Square Garden

Friday, 10 February 2023 09:30 AM

Fans to Claim the Free Digital Collectible During the Men's Basketball Game to Commemorate Johnnies Day

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / February 10, 2023 / Upstream, the revolutionary trading app for NFTs and digital securities powered by Horizon Fintex (Horizon) and MERJ Exchange Limited (MERJ) today announced their collaboration with St. John's University to launch a free Johnnies Day' digital collectible (NFT). Red Storm fans who attend the St. John's men's basketball game against Providence on Saturday, February 11th at Madison Square Garden will have the opportunity to download the exclusive digital collectible that features Johnny Thunderbird. The collaboration is brought by Upstream's Sports & Entertainment Division Managers Jawed Halepota and Quenton Brown and St. John's Basketball Alumni, D.J. Kennedy.

To claim the first ever Johnnies Day digital collectible (NFT), fans should download Upstream from their preferred app store at and create an account. On Saturday, when the claim code is revealed at MSG, fans can either scan the QR code and enter the claim code, or open Upstream app, tap Investor, NFT Claim, and then enter the claim code. Fans will receive a push notification and find their NFT in their secure Upstream portfolio to hold or trade with other fans.

On Johnnies Day, the University encourages the entire St. John's community, as well as the city that St. John's has been proud to call home since 1870, to celebrate St. John's pride and school spirit. The Johnny Thunderbird NFT will be the first digital collectible released by St. John's Athletics.To commemorate, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Lou Carnesecca's 526 wins over his legendary coaching career at St. John's, there will be only 526 digital collectibles available to claim on Saturday.

"Upstream and Liquid Royalty are enthused to drop the first ever Johnnies Day NFT at Madison Square Garden." says Liquid Royalty founder, Jawed Halepota. "We're honored to work with St. John's Basketball, New York's Team and the ninth winningest college basketball program in NCAA history at the World's Most Famous Arena and home to the New York Rangers and Knicks."

"We knew we wanted to do something special on Johnnies Day, so launching the first ever Johnny Thunderbird digital collectible was a perfect fit," says St. John's Director of Athletics Mike Cragg. "Giving fans a unique NFT keepsake to collect or trade is a new way to engage our fan base and something we are excited about."

An NFT "or non-fungible token" represents ownership of a particular digital or physical asset that is unique and cannot be replicated or replaced. NFTs have unique digital identifiers and are stored on a blockchain, a system that is used to keep an immutable record of. The NFT cannot be altered once it is recorded on a blockchain, so fans who claim the Johnnies Day NFT will always have verifiable proof of ownership. At the game, the Upstream team will have a table to help fans claim the NFT and answer any questions they may have.

About St. John's University:

St. John's University is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic University founded by the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians), with its main campus located in Queens, NY. St. John's University also has campuses and locations in Staten Island and Manhattan; in Rome, Italy; in Paris, France; and in Limerick, Ireland.

St. John's University is comprised of six Schools and Colleges, including the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business (including the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science), The School of Education, and the School of Law. As of Fall 2022, the University has 15,652 undergraduate students and 4,011 graduate students. St. John's offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, including 16 doctoral programs.

About Upstream:

Upstream, a MERJ Exchange Market (, is a fully regulated global stock exchange for digital securities and NFTs. Powered by Horizon's proprietary blockchain-powered matching engine technology, the platform enables users to trade NFTs, and invest in securities for IPOs, crowdfunded companies, U.S. & international equities, and celebrity ventures using the Upstream app. For more information, please visit Upstream is currently accepting applications to dual list at


This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell securities or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities in any jurisdiction where such offer or solicitation is not permitted.

NFTs received have no economic value, royalties, equity ownership, or dividends. NFTs are for utility, collection, redemption and display only.

Upstream is a MERJ Exchange market. MERJ Exchange is a licensed Securities Exchange, an affiliate of the World Federation of Exchanges, and a full member of ANNA. MERJ supports global issuers of traditional and digital securities through the entire asset life cycle from issuance to trading, clearing, settlement, and registry. It operates a fair and transparent marketplace in line with international best practices and principles of operations of financial markets. Upstream does not endorse or recommend any public or private securities bought or sold on its app. Upstream does not offer investment advice or recommendations of any kind. All services offered by Upstream are intended for self-directed clients who make their own investment decisions without aid or assistance from Upstream. All customers are subject to the rules and regulations of their jurisdiction. By accessing the site or app, you agreed to be bound by its terms of use and privacy policy. Company and security listings on Upstream are only suitable for investors who are familiar with and willing to accept the high risk associated with speculative investments, often in early and development stage companies. There can be no assurance the valuation of any particular company's securities is accurate or in agreement with the market or industry comparative valuations. Investors must be able to afford market volatility and afford the loss of their investment. Companies listed on Upstream are subject to significant ongoing corporate obligations including, but not limited to disclosure, filings, and notification requirements, as well as compliance with applicable quantitative and qualitative listing standards.

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SOURCE: Horizon Fintex

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