Nashville Athletes getting paid in Crypto

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CJ Sapong and Tommy Hudson have both opted to take a portion of their salaries in crypto

Nashville Soccer Club superstar striker, CJ Sapong and Titans tight end Tommy Hudson have joined the crypto craze. Both players have opted to take some of their salaries in cryptocurrencies.

But how are they getting paid if neither Nashville SC nor the Titans have a crypto coffer?

Sapong and Hudson use GetHedge — a crypto payment processing platform that automatically converts pay into Bitcoin, Litecoin, and/or Ethereum —  three of the most popular liquid cryptocurrencies. Liquid cryptocurrencies are cryptocurrencies that can quickly and easily be converted to cash.

CJ Sapong on GetHedge

Sapong, who currently receives 25 percent of his earnings in crypto, was one of the Nashville fintech company’s first adopters. He began using GetHedge in December 2021 during the startup’s beta testing.

The 33-year-old father of two says the platform is perfect for dollar-cost averaging — a  strategy where an investor invests a total sum of money in small increments over time instead of all at once — and allows him to adjust his investments as needed.

The famous footballer favors Bitcoin and Litecoin. However, he likes Ethereum for its NFT compatibility.

A self-proclaimed “nerd” Sapong, says he first started dabbling into the Defi world back in 2017 — two years after he first heard the word Bitcoin.

“In 2015, I was traded by Sporting KC to Philadelphia Union,” says Sapong. “On my drive from Kansas to Philly, I stopped at a gas station to go to the bathroom and get something to eat. Inside some old guy approached me and started talking about Bitcoin. He kept telling me I should invest in it. I was tired and a little annoyed so I wrote it off.”

In 2017, as Bitcoin became more mainstream, Sapong started researching and soon investing. Then, just four years after “writing off crypto”, Sapong spoke at the 2019 Litecoin Summit. That is where he met David Schwartz, the CEO, and co-founder of GetHedge. Sapong says, “the rest was history.”

Tommy Hudson on GetHedge

Tommy Hudson just recently jumped on the GetHedge train. The Titan’s tight end began receiving a portion of his pay in crypto last month. He, like Sapong, touts GetHedge’s technology for dollar-cost average investing.

He too prefers blue chip cryptocurrencies — well-established cryptocurrencies with higher liquidity and sizable market caps — like Bitcoin and Litecoin.

The former Arizona State tight-end started investing in cryptocurrencies during his freshman year of college (2016), using a portion of his college scholarship money. He watched his investments (Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum) grow substantially in 2017.

Since then, Hudson has continued to invest in cryptocurrency. He says he heard about GetHedge from a friend at an Alliance Bernstein event a few months ago.

“I was attracted to the platform because of the potential to automate my investments, “ Hudson says. “It’s great for anyone who likes dollar-cost average investing.”

GetHedge is not exclusive to professional athletes. Anyone who receives a paycheck can use GetHedge.

Here’s how GetHedge works

First, individuals sign-up for a free GetHedge account. Creating an account is as simple as setting up a Gmail account. Users will then be prompted to verify their ID. Once a user’s identity is confirmed, GetHedge provides him or her with a bank account that is solely to convert any money deposited into crypto.

Then, on their GetHedge profile, users will choose which cryptos they want their income converted into, as well as where they would like the converted crypto to land. The crypto can stay on the GetHedge platform where it can be moved off manually later or it can be sent to crypto wallets the user already owns.

From there the process works the same as setting up a direct deposit with any other bank account. Users will input the bank account and routing number of the bank account GetHedge created for them into their payroll system. The employee can set the percentage of pay or specific dollar amount from their paycheck to be deposited. All of the money deposited into the account will be invested based on the user’s instructions

About GetHedge

GetHedge was founded in April 2021 by David Schwartz and Paul Bradley.

Last year, the Nashville-based startup received pre-seed investments from Charlie Lee — the creator of Litecoin — and the founders of Blockbank, a cryptocurrency app.

Prior to starting GetHedge, Schwartz spent 25 years in HR for the military and the State of Wisconsin. He entered the crypto realm four years ago. He began serving as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Litecoin Foundation — a non-profit organization created to help promote the awareness, adoption, and education of Litecoin. He continues to serve in that role even as he builds GetHedge.

Bradley, a Nashville native spent 25 years in the banking and fintech sectors developing transaction software and structures, prior to joining forces with Schwartz and founding GetHedge.

“GetHedge is proud to be a part of the stories of these professional athletes,” Bradley says. “However, we want people to know that you don’t have to be a professional athlete to use GetHedge. GetHedge can be used by anyone who receives a paycheck.”

GetHedge Partners With GetPayroll to Offer First-Ever Crypto Payroll Program

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — GetHedge announced today a partnership with GetPayroll to further enhance the first-ever cryptocurrency payroll program between a traditional payroll service and cryptocurrency fintech companies.


The partnership between GetHedge and GetPayroll marks a historic leap forward for payroll services across the country.  With the partnership, GetHedge becomes the first crypto fintech platform in the United States to offer Ethereum and Litecoin, alongside Bitcoin, as automated pay conversion options through a traditional payroll payments service.


GetPayroll is coming off a recent announcement in May, revealing it also would be working with industry-leading bitcoin tech company NYDIG. By adding GetHedge as a fiat-to-crypto pay conversion option, GetPayroll will also be offering pay conversion services directly to the individual employee, rather than needing to sign up an entire company, as is the case with NYDIG.  This flexibility in service offerings to both company and individual is revolutionary.


GetHedge CEO and co-founder David Schwartz said he looks forward to the partnership, stating, “Joining forces with GetPayroll will prove invaluable to the future development of crypto integration into the traditional payroll services sector. With GetPayroll’s emphasis on compliance and terrific customer service, we know a lot of small businesses will benefit from this partnership.”


The partnership is only the beginning of GetHedge’s plans for further innovation, according to Paul Bradley, co-founder of GetHedge. “We’re working towards a future where consumers, business, and employees can fluidly operate between fiat and crypto, in payment, income, and investment industries. And we’re well on our way.”


Both GetHedge and its new partner GetPayroll are also veteran-owned companies, and are proud to stand together this Memorial Day week in gratitude to all those who have sacrificed for our country.


The GetHedge team will be in Austin, Texas for CoinDesk’s annual cryptocurrency convention, Consensus, scheduled for June 9-12, and will be available for press interviews and inquiries throughout the conference.


Visit to learn more.

Valkyrie Investments and Nashville SC collaborate with Cornerstone Global Management on Bitcoin partnership

Nashville / April 27, 2022 / PR Newswire –

Valkyrie Investments, a leading investment manager focused on digital assets, is excited to announce it is working with Cornerstone Global Management, Inc (Cornerstone) to enable the recently announced Bitcoin partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS) team Nashville SC.


Cornerstone is a Nashville-based digital asset services firm with portfolio companies including Paydrop, which enables both employers and workers the flexibility to execute payments in a seamless manner with easy tax reporting tools for year end tax filing; and Hedge, a versatile crypto conversion platform that allows users to automatically convert any amount and type of income (W2, 1099, etc.) from fiat into Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum, and vice-versa.


The Nashville SC partnership will be executed using the Hedge platform.


“When looking for a seamless, easy-to-use way to make our partnership with Nashville SC possible, Hedge was the obvious choice,” said Valkyrie Investments CEO Leah Wald. “We’re glad to work with them and are eager to expand this relationship even further.”


Valkyrie and Cornerstone, both Nashville based companies, along with one of Cornerstone’s key partners, Chattanooga-based Transcard LLC, are rapidly helping turn the city (and state) into a burgeoning global crypto hub. Additionally, Nashville SC star forward CJ Sapong is paid in Bitcoin through Hedge; and in Jackson, TN, city employees now have the option of being paid in Bitcoin.


“We’re proud to help Nashville lead the way for digital asset and blockchain innovation,” said David Schwartz, CEO and co-founder at Cornerstone. ”As more and more people and companies desire to be paid in Bitcoin, we look forward to helping them make that possible.”


Tennessee is among a number of states including Wyoming, Arizona, and Florida that are increasingly looking at ways to take advantage of the benefits of digital assets and cryptocurrencies as a payment solution.


About Valkyrie Investments


Valkyrie Investments Inc. (“Valkyrie Investments”) is a leading financial services firm with a focus on digital assets. Headquartered in Nashville, Valkyrie’s team combines deep technical expertise in this emerging asset class with decades of experience launching investment vehicles for a wide variety of market participants. The firm is led by financial industry veterans with decades of experience across firms including Guggenheim Partners, UBS, Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and The World Bank.


About Cornerstone Global Management, Inc


Cornerstone Global Management, Inc. Is a 3rd layer cryptocurrency focused fintech company geared towards providing the interoperability bridge between fiat and crypto. Its services concentrate on the ability for consumers and businesses to fluidly convert between fiat and cryptocurrencies within the income and payments industries. With over 50 years of combined experience in the human resources, banking and enterprise level payments industries, Cornerstone is well positioned to become a leader in both the cryptocurrency and payments spaces. Visit to learn more.


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Valkyrie Investments

Ellipal Adds Link To Hedge Inside Titan Cold Storage Wallet For Users

We are excited to announce that Ellipal (, creator of the Titan wallet, has added Hedge to their shortlist of partners displayed within the ‘Discover’ area of their app!  Ellipal will display Hal, the Hedge mascot, as an icon within their app, allowing users of the Titan cold storage wallet to access a co-branded page introducing them to Hedge and providing them an opportunity to sign up for the automated pay conversion service (US residents only at this time) through their link.

The Ellipal Titan wallet is an air-gapped, anti-disassembly cold storage wallet that allows you to store, stake and trade within the wallet through their strategic partnerships, which now include Hedge.

Ellipal Titan Cryptocurrency Wallet and Phone with app

“I’ve been using an Ellipal Titan as my ‘go to’ cold storage wallet since 2018 and highly recommend them for anyone who likes the idea of not having to be connected to a laptop in order to use or view their cold storage coins,” said David Schwartz, Co-Founder of Hedge. “For them to be the first to do this in their genre of wallets was a no-brainer and I’m glad we have been able to make this a reality.  I can’t wait to see how many people decide to sign up through Ellipal, and have their pay converted and sent to their Ellipal wallets.”

As Hedge is introduced to additional geographic areas throughout 2022 and beyond, Ellipal will have positioned itself to take advantage of this growth through its user base that has already seen well over 50,000 downloads of its wallet app.

If you’re someone who enjoys an easy user interface to go along with knowing your coins are safe through the private keys that you own and control, go to the website today and see why the Hedge team is excited about this new partnership!

TransCard President Tabbed As Key Advisor To Cryptocurrency Fintech Company

Transcard Promotional image with CEO Chris Fuller

Cornerstone Global Management, LLC (CGM) announced today that Chris Fuller, President of TransCard, an integrated global technology and payments company located in Chattanooga, Tennessee as a key advisor for it’s soon to be released payroll to crypto conversion platform ‘Hedge‘.

As President of TransCard, Chris oversees the overall strategic direction and further expanding corporate partners and relationships by providing TransCard’s technology for faster, more efficient payments. He also recently co-founded two new businesses: Prysym, a global payment technologies company for the European market providing a global in/out API bank grade platform; and Tralia Health providing small businesses and individuals with alternative offerings for health benefits. He was formerly with U.S. Xpress, a leading transportation and logistics company in the United States, as Vice President and General Manager.

Chris has been an integral 'behind the scenes' proponent for us for a quite a few months already, so bringing him in officially as a key advisor only makes sense.

— David Schwartz, CGM & Hedge CEO

Over the past eight months, Hedge has transformed it’s focus and strategic planning through ongoing assistance and guidance from Chris, allowing itself to be favorably positioned for the rush of employees globally who will seek easier and more seamless ways to dollar cost average (DCA) into cryptocurrencies than the now standard, step-by-step practice of manually purchasing, moving and storing them on or off an exchange.

“Chris has been an integral ‘behind the scenes’ proponent for us for a quite a few months already, so bringing him in officially as a key advisor only makes sense. I don’t know where we would honestly be without him at this point, and I don’t want to know,” stated David Schwartz, CEO and Co-Founder of CGM and Hedge.

Hedge recently rebranded to it’s current name, while also making news by adding former WWE Superstar Danielle Moinet (aka Summer Rae) as Director of Marketing & Social Media Engagement, and veteran MLS star CJ Sapong of the Nashville SC as Professional Athlete & Teams Engagement Advisor. Hedge’s payroll to crypto conversion program is currently scheduled to be available to employees in the United States, Europe and UK in the mid to latter half of 2021.

About Transcard: Transcard makes frictionless payments a reality with comprehensive global payment solutions designed for banks, fintechs, and
businesses of any size and in any industry. Transcard delivers solutions for business-to-business (B2B) payments, consumer-to-business (C2B) payments,
business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) payments, account-to-account automation, and Banking as a Service (BaaS). Our solutions combine unmatched multi-rail capabilities, embedded workflows, best-in-class integration, effortless reconciliation, and bank-grade security. These are some of the
reasons that 550 businesses and more than 200 banks trust Transcard with their payments. Learn more at

About Hedge: Hedge is a payroll conversion product created by CGM to help employees convert any portion of their pay into Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum through Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA), and automatically sending it to the cryptocurrency wallet(s) of their choice.

CJ Sapong Scores Advisor Role To Crypto Fintech Company, Will Convert Portion of MLS Salary Into Cryptocurrencies

MLS Promotional image with player CJ Sapong

Hedge To Convert CJ’s Salary to Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum, With Digifox As His Crypto Wallet of Choice

Fresh off the heels of announcing former WWE Superstar Summer Rae (Danielle Moinet) as the first female athlete to accept an executive position with a cryptocurrency company, Cornerstone Global Management, LLC (CGM) is happy to also announce the addition of active Major League Soccer star, CJ Sapong as an advisor to Hedge. Hedge’s addition of CJ helps them gain access to both management and players of teams across multiple sports at the professional level. He also provides the first-hand experience and mindset of a pro athlete who may be interested in converting a portion of their pay into cryptocurrencies.

...I am excited about the potential Hedge brings to athletes, specifically. Time is already at a premium for us, so dollar cost averaging into Bitcoin, Litecoin and a perfect fit,”

— CJ Sapong

CJ has been in the cryptocurrency space for a number of years, and recently spoke on a panel alongside former MMA champion Ben Askren and active NASCAR driver Landon Cassill at the 2019 Litecoin Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. These experiences have prepared him in helping Hedge reach the ‘goal’ of teaching other athletes the importance of holding cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum within their investment portfolio.

CJ will also be the first professional athlete to use Cornerstone’s payroll conversion program,, to convert a portion of his salary as an MLS player into Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum upon its release. In doing so, he has also chosen Digifox, the multi-functional cryptocurrency wallet created by the famous YouTuber Nicholas Merten (aka DataDash), as the destination for his converted salary.

“Having been in the cryptocurrency space as an investor for a few years now, I am excited about the potential Hedge brings to athletes, specifically. Time is already at a premium for us, so dollar cost averaging into Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum through Hedge’s payroll conversion program is a perfect fit,” states CJ.

“I’m also excited about using Digifox as the wallet my pay in crypto will be going to. I’m basically able to do everything with my crypto I want in one app, and have been a fan of it for some time already.”

Nicholas Merten, the CEO of Digifox and YouTube Crypto Star known as DataDash had this to say about CJ choosing Digifox as the destination for his converted pay into crypto:

“CJ is one of the few leading athletes that are helping to spark a revolution in the cryptocurrency industry. We’re incredibly thankful he’s chosen to use Digifox, and we couldn’t be more proud to help in leading crypto forward into the mainstream.”

A ten-year MLS veteran, CJ currently plays Forward for Nashville SC and was named MLS Rookie of the Year in 2011. He won the Open Cup Championship with Kansas City in 2012, and MLS Championship in 2013. He has also represented the United States national team and most recently played for the Chicago Fire from 2019-2020. CJ is seen as a respected and key leader within the MLS Players Association, and most recently helped form the organization Black Players for Change in 2020.

About Digifox: Digifox is an all-in-one financial application, allow you to buy cryptocurrencies, earn interest on your savings, and send/receive money across the globe. From earning 10% on your savings, to building your crypto portfolio, Digifox has got you covered.

About Hedge: Hedge is a payroll conversion product created by CGM to help employees convert any portion of their pay into Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum through Dollar Cost Averaging (DCA), and automatically sending it to the cryptocurrency wallet(s) of their choice.

Hedge Is Ready For Summer!

Woman looking into the ocean holding her hat

The Hedge team is excited to announce today the addition ofDanielle Moinet as Director of Marketing & Social Engagement.

headshot of Danielle Moinette Summer Rae

Danielle, who wrestled as Summer Rae for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) from 2013-17, brings a wealth of marketing and e-commerce experience to our team, including a combined 2.7 million followers on Instagram and Twitter. She also has a Business Degree with an emphasis in Marketing from East Carolina University.

With the historic hire, Danielle becomes the first known current or former professional female athlete to take an active executive position with a cryptocurrency related company.

Danielle has already been working with us in the background prior to and after our successful rebrand to ‘Hedge’ last week, and has been critical in our planned marketing rollout as we come closer to our participation as a sponsor at Bitcoin 2021 in Miami, June 4-5th.

Danielle was a great choice for this position, as her ability to maximize social media and marketing potential to a targeted audience fits perfectly with our plan to enhance exposure through both contemporary and traditional marketing avenues.

She has also been unstoppable since first being ‘red pilled’ a few months ago, learning everything she possibly can with an open mind. Her energy level and focus to detail is virtually unmatched, and we are excited that she will be a part of our team as we move forward towards our launch of Hedge in the coming months. Congratulations Danielle, and welcome!

Hedging Our Bets With A Rebrand

Cyberpunk HEDGE logo with Hal in the center

Branding a product or company can be difficult. How you are seen by a potential consumer base is critical to success. Because of this complex and critical aspect of marketing, we have decided to change the brand name of our flagship product, the automated payroll conversion from fiat to cryptocurrencies from CP3 (Crypto Personal Payment Plan) to ‘Hedge’. We have also decided to rebrand our company logo to better reflect the kind of user we intend to attract and serve.We’ll start with the rebranding of our product. At its conception in 2019, CP3 made sense but ultimately didn’t roll off the tongue easily. If someone had randomly seen the acronym somewhere, it was difficult to figure out what CP3 even meant. It was also difficult to incorporate other related products like crypto debit/pre-paid cards and on/off ramp capabilities for companies under the same name. We also wanted to have something people could connect with through a relatable mascot, and a logo with an acronym just didn’t seem to cut it.Enter ‘Hedge’.The name Hedge represents the core reason as to why many of us invest in cryptocurrencies to begin with. It is a call to action; a deliberate response to the current global financial environment. The name is concise and easily identifiable.

Hedge logo

With crisp, thin flowing lines, the font used invokes a feel of organization, adaptability and confidence in taking over of one’s individual financial sovereignty and future.

The hedgehog was chosen as the product’s mascot due to it’s intentional nature and character. The hedgehog is known for it’s laser focus on an individual task, performing it as efficiently as possible. We feel this best represents the user’s ability to automatically convert any portion of their pay to crypto without having to go to an exchange or manually move your crypto once it has been converted. Not to mention, hedgehogs are cute!

It was also important for us to honor those who helped pave the way to financial freedom for millions through their work in bringing Bitcoin to the world. With this in mind, we have named the hedgehog ‘Hal’, in honor of Hal Finney, the closest person to have worked directly with Bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, and recipient of the first Bitcoin transaction. We have also given Hal a punk hairstyle to represent the cypherpunk movement as a whole. Hal has his own modern personality as well, as a cyberpunk…shown through his colorful paws and goggles.

Hal the hedgehog with a turquoise stroke

We are excited for this change and confident with not only how it will be received, but also proud of how it is able to capture the spirit of not just it’s users, but the history this space has and will continue to carve out for future generations.

CGM Logo

Our company logo has also been changed to better symbolize the financial world we all live in. The green and red candles represent the charts used in trading, with a solitary white circle as it’s target, driving home the idea that a dollar cost average (DCA) investment strategy widens the bullseye and allows for a higher probability of success for the average investor.

We also chose the same font used with Hedge to reflect a uniformity in vision between our mission and product(s). Lastly, even though our company name will continue to be Cornerstone Global Management, LLC it is a mouthful and not conducive to easy recognition. Hence, the acronym CGM will be used on all branding to simplify its name on merchandise, advertising and display at public events.

We feel these changes help us put our best foot forward as we continue to move towards going live with our product offerings in the very near future, and we are excited you are along with us for the ride. The next 60-90 days will be life changing for many, and we are honored you have chosen us (and Hal) to be a part of your personal journey to financial freedom.

Be sure to stay up to date as we approach our ‘go-live’ date by following Hal at (@gethedgecrypto) on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook, and by visiting our new website, at And remember, get paid with crypto and start living on the Hedge!