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Limited Edition Signed Prints To Raise Money For Lucky Mkosana's BYS Academy

Updated: Dec 14, 2020

Logging over 60 matches for the Rowdies from 2013-2014 and then again from 2019 to present, Lucky Mkosana has been a favorite amongst Tampa Bay supporters (and for nearly every other stop he's made in his career). He's notched 10 goals in just the past two seasons for the Rowdies including memorable game winners in both the Conference Quarterfinals and Semifinals of this year's USL Championship Playoffs run.

Ralph's Mob Charities is partnering with Lucky to sell a limited edition print of the original art for a hand-painted banner that has been flying in Al Lang Stadium this year highlighting Lucky and other Rowdies players who are using their voice to affect positive change for the black community.

These prints are original, screen-printed, 16" x 20" serigraphs of the initial design by Mike Pendleton. They aren't a digital reproduction – they are each an original art piece. Each print will be autographed by Lucky and hand-numbered.

100% of the profits from sales with go directly to BYS Academy, a soccer academy which Lucky founded in Zimbabwe, where he was born and raised. The soccer talent in Plumtree, Zimbabwe has been outstanding for decades, but young players have struggled to find platforms to showcase their skills and connect with international universities and professional teams. BYS Academy provides the resources that young underprivileged soccer players need to make their academic and athletic dreams come true. The Academy currently has two teams in Plumtree, Zimbabwe– U8 and U16 boys – a U18 team in the future. The academy added a U10 girls in 2019.

BYS Academy Vision

BYS aims to identify, nurture, and manage Africa’s youth soccer talent by ensuring that all Africans get equal opportunities in regards to training and scouting exposure.

The Academy intends to set the benchmark for youth football administration standards in Africa. BYS strives in every way to become a leader in the development of young soccer players by continually raising the standards of players and coaches in Africa’s diverse countries.

[You can read more about Lucky and BYS Academy in this July feature at The Unused Substitutes.]

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