Dash Leopards Soccer

The Dash Leopards are the first teams in the world to be funded by blockchain technology. We promote Digital Cash through soccer.

The Enigma That Is John Reed

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As John Reed has carried out a defamatory campaign against DashingDude in particular, and Dash Africa in general, we are forced to defend ourselves, if only by relating John’s background as best as we can establish it. Then we must leave it to the Dash community to judge the credibility of John’s claims.
Both Roger Toms and Ricado Phillips have known John Reed for 15+ years, largely because John has, for much of his adult life, carried himself off as a community activist, generally for the impoverished Hangberg community. He concentrated on correcting the injustices perpetrated against the artisanal fisher folk, also on promoting the interests of the Khoi-San community of which John regarded himself a member while his credentials for such membership are dubious. Over these years he generally appeared to have no gainful employment, certainly not for any long period, but Roger regarded this as a case of “ask no questions, told no lies”!
Because of his influence within the poorer communities we regarded John as an ideal ambassador to promote Dash in those communities. At roughly the same time the opportunity with Ricardo’s kids’ football club arose, out of which we created the Dash Leopards, a community project with strong potential for national and international Dash publicity. John attached himself to the project using his old friendship with Ricardo and then the wheels slowly came off. Despite having been well-schooled by Roger, John did not create a business plan and budget for the Leopards but helped commit the club to disastrously expensive “fund-raiser” events.
John registered the Dash Leopards as a non-profit organisation and inserted himself as one of 3 directors, also as the manager with signing rights on the club’s finances. He then employed an administrator, albeit with the tacit approval of DashingDude who, although a significant club benefactor, had no real influence in the matter. Thereafter, the club’s precarious finances went into disarray, to what degree is still under investigation. What we know for certain is that much of the publicity equipment, paid for under Dash projects, was not delivered as final payments were not made to the suppliers.
As for John borrowing money in order to finance the club’s commitment to the Amsterdam Easter tournament, we can see absolutely no merit to this claim. Otherwise, why did the club fail to be represented at Amsterdam? That failure was more down to the ruinous losses made by the so-called fund-raising events: irrespective, it was certainly no fault of DashingDude and Dash in general.
John also inveigled our friend, Marcos Rodriguez-Pascal, into extending the Amsterdam trip to include a visit Barcelona: this came at the considerable personal cost of time and money for both Marcos and his friends in Barcelona. The cancellation of the trip was made without warning or apology, a simply appalling failure on the part of John Reed.
The immediate action being taken is to replace John Reed as a club director while establishing the approximate amount of club funds which has gone astray, presumably at John’s hand. At the same time we will use our best efforts to establish a stable club administration, to eliminate losses and facilitate proper planning. That will ensure the future of the Dash Leopards and allow Dash to maximise benefit from the investment already made in the club.
Tom Rogers, for DashingDude and Ricardo Phillips

Dash Meet Up Music Concert

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Concert in Cape Town – The Cape Town Dash Ambassadors will be hosting a Dash Meet-up Concert on Saturday evening, featuring live music acts including The Rockets.

Approximately 600 people are expected to attend the event.  There will be visible Dash branding to the event, and the Ambassadors will take time to educated concert-goers about Digital Cash.  They hope to open many new Dash wallets!

The event will be filmed, and we hope to release a report soon!  We plan to hold further concerts in future.

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Dash Leopards: Live Music Concert

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The Dash Leopards will be hosting a fund-raising live music concert on Sat, 24 Feb 2018, featuring top local artists including SA Idols 2017 winner PaxtonThe Rockets and Emo Adams.

The concert will raise funds for their Amsterdam tour, at Easter-time this year (2018).  As official sponsor, the Dash brand will be prominently visible during the entire concert, with banners, gazebos and swag give-aways including tee-shirts.

During the intermissions between performances, we will be showing Dash related videos on the big screen.

We anticipate that over 2000 people will attend.  Our team of 12 Dash Ambassadors will be staffing the gazebos, where snacks and refreshments will be sold.  Ambassadors will be promoting Dash and gathering contact details from interested people wanting to attend a future Dash meet-up.

Our 30 kids will be present in their Dash Leopards soccer kit, as well as many parents and supporters who will also be wearing Dash Leopards tee-shirts.

We thank the Dash community for making this possible.

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Boost for Dash Leopards

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Twenty-five young soccer players from Hout Bay have the opportunity of a lifetime to compete in an overseas tournament later this year.

It has been a year to remember for the youngsters from the Dash Leopards soccer school, which was only founded in April last year.

Not only have they received sponsorship from African cryptocurreny concern Dash Africa to become known as the Dash Leopards, making the school the first in the world to be sponsored by a cryptocurrency, but their numbers have swelled to the extent that an under-15 team will be added to the project’s existing under-11 and under-13 squads.

Now Dash Leopards have the chance to play against teams from other countries at the Open Easter Tournament in the Netherlands over this year’s Easter weekend, competing in eight games over the two-day competition.

The soccer school is the brainchild of Hangberg coach and mentor Ricardo Phillips, a man who has dedicated the last decade of his life to upliftment projects using sport as the foundation.

With all the experience he gained from working on projects all over Cape Town, he decided to embark on the Leopards initiative last April.

Coupled with the three-day-a-week soccer component is an aftercare and study programme, which sees coaches assisting the school’s 30 students with homework and the teaching of life skills.

Sentinel Primary School, the Hout Bay International School and Disa Primary are just three schools that have come on board with the programme.

Mr Phillips has been joined in his endeavours by fellow director, John Reed and administrator and life skills co-ordinator, Brenda Davis.

Dash Africa’s commitment to the project came about thanks to Mr Reed’s relationship with one of the company’s founders, Roger Toms, who was looking for leaders in Africa to identify projects that could be included in its corporate social responsibility footprint.

“The aim of Dash Leopards is to motivate the kids and provide them with life insights so that we can send them on their way to successful lives,” Mr Phillips said.

“In Hangberg our kids are faced with a lot of negativity, so our aim is to introduce something positive into their lives. With the addition of the under-15 players in February, our numbers will be up to 45 so we are growing all the time.”

An important part of the programme is emphasising the importance of a healthy diet.

“We’ve been pleased to get the kids’ parents on board in terms of getting them to eat well,” Ms Davis said.

“However, as the programme grows we are looking for sponsorships to feed them all.”

The involvement of Dash Africa has obviously bolstered the club tremendously, but in order for the 25 players and coaches to make the trip overseas, some R300 000 will need to be raised.

The directors will also be hosting a huge fund-raising event at the Hangberg Sports Complex where the children train on Saturday February 24 from 2pm until 9pm.

The event will be headlined by popular actor and singer Emo Adams, The Rockets as well as 2017 Idols SA winner Paxton Fielies, and will also include performances by a number of Hout Bay artists.

“The kids are over the moon about the trip. We believe this experience can give them a taste of what they can become if they work hard,” Mr Phillips said.

Paying tribute to the staff at the Hangberg public library, who have also supported the Dash Leopards project, Mr Reed said it was important the children improved themselves academically.

“Many of these kids’ parents work during the day, so once they finish school for the day there is no one to look after them. Our coaches then play a surrogate role, not only improving their skills on the pitch, but assisting them with their school work,” he said.

“We would also like to appeal to the local Hout Bay business community to sponsor the programme, to supplement the efforts of Dash Africa and what they’ve offered. We believe this is a project they could be proud of.”

To find out more about the soccer project, call Brenda Davis on 061 763 9871.

First published here:  https://www.sentinelnews.co.za/news/boost-for-dash-leopards-12930042

Videos: Introduction + Coach Ricardo meets Luis Suárez

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Introduction to the Dash Leopards

About Coach Ricardo, the other coaches, and their passion for their teams.

Coach Ricardo meets Luis Suárez

Luis Suárez is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team. Widely regarded as one of the best players in the world.[nb 1]  This is an old video showing coach Ricardo taking some of his team to talk to Luis.

More about the Dash Leopards

About the Dash Leopards and Dash Digital Cash