Tonight, the NFL will debut the first ever "Draft-A-Thon," a massive fundraising campaign aimed at raising much-needed funds for COVID-19 relief efforts. Streamed on NFL social and digital platforms, and featured live in Draft coverage via ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes, the program will give fans from all over the country the opportunity to donate to causes supporting these efforts.
"The Carolina Panthers and the NFL Draft-A-Thon are pleased to support several leading non-profit agencies which are providing critical services to our region," said Panthers director of community relations Riley Fields. "Non-profit agencies are being challenged and stressed in unprecedented ways to meet community needs. It is our hope that funding provided through the generosity of both NFL and Panthers fans will provide resources to benefit the services provided by these vital frontline relief agencies."
Funds raised during the Draft-A-Thon will be distributed amongst all 32 NFL Clubs. The Carolina Panthers have selected three non-profit organizations to which the Club's proceeds will be donated:
- The Salvation Army – locally benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of North Carolina and South Carolina
- Feeding America – locally benefitting Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
- United Way – locally benefitting United Way of North Carolina and United Way Association of South Carolina
"The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of North & South Carolina is honored to be one of the charities selected for the 2020 Draft-A-Thon," said Colonel Jim Arrowood, divisional leader of The Salvation Army of the Carolinas. "Whether you cheer for the Panthers from right here in Charlotte or from across the Carolinas, we hope you will join our team of staff and volunteers in the Fight for Good."
Fans can donate at NFL.com/RELIEF now through April 25. There is also a text-to-donate option which will be available live during the Draft. Every donation, small or large, is helpful.