JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– The 2020 NFL Draft will serve as a three-day virtual fundraiser, rallying fans around the country to raise funds in support of six national charities delivering relief to millions in need as a result of COVID-19. A portion of the NFL Draft-A-Thon proceeds will directly benefit the United Way of Northeast Florida, which the Jaguars have identified as their local recipient. Donations are already being accepted at www.nfl.com/relief.
Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwelland Head Coach Doug Marroneare joining other general managers and head coaches around the NFL, by each committing $8,000 toward the Draft-A-Thon. This league-wide coordinated effort by general managers and head coaches will raise more than a half million dollars for relief efforts.
"The draft is a big moment in the NFL calendar year, and while it's especially exciting to see so many young athletes achieve their dreams of making it to the professional ranks, we must also do our part to help in our respective communities," said Caldwell. "Our incredibly supportive fans will be cheering and welcoming our new draftees from home this year, as we're all operating under different circumstances as a result of this global pandemic. I hope the contributions made by all of my counterparts around the league can provide some relief to our communities in need."
The Jaguars have led a variety of community initiatives to support the First Coast Community, including a personal contribution of $1 million by Owner Shad Khanand the purchase and distribution of 40,000 masks for the Jacksonville community. Jaguars players are also giving back to charities around the country to neighborhoods near and dear to their hearts.
"I'm proud of the individual efforts of so many of our players who have found ways to give back to Jacksonville and their own hometowns," said Marrone. "This crisis is different than anything we've experienced before, so a team effort is required to ensure the First Coast and our country come back stronger than ever. It's my privilege to contribute alongside my fellow NFL head coaches to the NFL Draft-A-Thon."
The Draft-A-Thon will be highlighted during live draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network on April 23-25 and also pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders. Funds from the Draft-A-Thon will help support six national nonprofits and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts including American Red Cross, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, United Way and the CDC Foundation.