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RAMS TO SUPPORT UNITED WAY AND FEEDING AMERICA DURING 2020 NFL DRAFT-A-THON
The 2020 NFLDraft will bring our communities and nation together with a three-day virtual fundraiser, the “Draft-A-Thon”, which will be integrated into the Draft and raise funds in support of six national nonprofits and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts.
A portion of the Draft-A-Thon proceeds will directly benefit the United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) and local Feeding America food banks, which the Rams have selected as recipients of a local fund allocation.
“It’s going to take an all-out blitz to keep our communities healthy and resilient during this pandemic,” said Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “The Los Angeles Rams are taking charge by supporting United Way’s Pandemic Relief Fund and local food banks during the 2020 NFL Draft-A-Thon, helping our most vulnerable neighbors and families in need. By bringing everyone in, we will come through this crisis together.”
Donations from fans will add to the financial commitments that have already been made by Head Coach SEAN McVAY and General Manager LES SNEAD. BothMcVay and Snead recently joined other head coaches and general managers around the NFL in committing $1,000 to the Draft-A-Thon for each draft pick. The coordinated effort amongst coaches and general managers is projected to raise more than $500,000 for the Draft-A-Thon.
Funds raised during the Draft-A-Thon will build on the success of the Rams’ Te‘LA’thon, which raised more than $2.2M last month to assist Southern California pandemic relief efforts with contributions benefitting UWGLA’s Pandemic Relief Fund and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Continued efforts have boosted the Pandemic Relief Fund to $9.5 million, which has made grants of money and protective supplies to organizations supporting people experiencing homelessness, low-income students and their families, and low-income entrepreneurs such as street vendors.
The Draft-A-Thon will be featured during live NFL Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network from April 23-25. National nonprofits selected by the NFL Foundation to benefit by Draft-A-Thon donations include American Red Cross, CDC Foundation’s All of Us: Combat Coronavirus Campaign, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army and United Way.