On Wednesday, the NFL made a major announcement regarding the 2020 NFL Draft. The three-day event will now serve as a fundraiser to benefit different charities helping combat COVID-19.
The 2020 NFL Draft, originally set for Las Vegas, Nevada, will take place virtually. Funds collected during the event will help six charities in their efforts to battle the spread of the coronavirus.
These charities, selected by the NFL Foundation, aid in the delivery of relief to millions of people in need.
Among the charities are: American Red Cross, the CDC Foundation, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army and United Way.
“As we face this global health crisis together, we are filled with gratitude for the extraordinary work of first responders, healthcare workers and many others who are helping those in need,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
On their NFLCommunications.com website, the NFL provided the following information regarding these national nonprofit organizations.
The Six Charities
American Red Cross works to maintain a sufficient supply of blood while continuing to deliver its lifesaving mission due to the Coronavirus Outbreak.
CDC Foundation’s All of Us: Combat Coronavirus Campaign supports vulnerable communities. Also, it bolsters laboratory capacity, clinical research, data and technology infrastructure and local response efforts.
Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund will receive donations. The Fund helps member food banks meet the increased need due to school closures, job disruptions, and current health risks.
Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund to ensure local communities have what they need to feed the at-risk elderly population.
Salvation Army and its network form a safety net for individuals and families living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. The Salvation Army provides food, shelter, hygiene kits, as well as support to first responders.
United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to help those in need access food and shelter, childcare for first responders and more while bolstering 211, United Way’s go-to information resource in times of crisis.
ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network will broadcast this “Draft-A-Thon.” The 2020 NFL Draft coverage will include tributes to healthcare workers and first responders, in addition to raising funds for the charities.
“The Draft-A-Thon will deliver much-needed funding to many who are suffering as well as those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Goddell. “Conducting this event virtually, and taking all necessary precautions while doing so, underscores the importance of staying home and staying strong during this unprecedented moment in our history.”
People interested can donate through on central fund throughout the three-day draft process. According to the statement, more than $43 million has already been donated by the collective NFL family. These funds will be added to those.
The 2020 NFL Draft will be a virtual affair. It’s set to take place from April 23-25.