NFL to hold fundraiser telethon for COVID-19 aid during Draft

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The NFL Draft is two weeks from Thursday, and it will be completely virtual because of restrictions in place during the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, the league announced there will be a "Draft-A-Thon" during the three-day television coverage, April 23-25, to raise money for the fight against COVID-19, as well as relief.
The NFL Foundation chose six non-profits that will benefit:

  • The American Red Cross
  • The 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
  • United Way's COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement:

"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. 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 coverage will take place on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network. Donations can be made through one central fund. Details about how to donate will be shared in the days ahead.