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NFL Draft to help raise funds for COVID-19 relief in ‘Draft-A-Thon’

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Nice gesture from the league.

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The NFL announced on Wednesday that they will be throwing a “Draft-A-Thon” during the league’s three-day draft in an effort to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.

Per the press release, draft coverage—which will be televised on ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network—will include fundraising efforts to support six national non-profit movements: the American Red Cross, CDC Foundation’s All of Us: Combat Coronavirus Campaign, Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund, the Salvation Army and United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.

“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,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said via a written statement. “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. 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.”

The broadcast will also reportedly “pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in a variety of ways.”

It’s a nice gesture from the league that has drawn some criticism for going forward with their draft plans despite the emergency crisis across the world.

For more information on the “Draft-A-Thon” and the nonprofits involved, you can read the NFL’s full statement right here.