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NFL hosting 'Draft-A-Thon' to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts

The Denver Broncos and John Elway have already donated a combined $550,000 to the Colorado COVID-19 relief fund.
Credit: AP
The 100th anniversary logo is shown above the NFL shield before an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

NEW YORK — The NFL is turning the league’s 2020 draft into a three-day fundraiser to help six charities dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Draft-A-Thon” will be featured during the draft April 23-25 to raise money for non-profits selected by the NFL Foundation. 

Among the charities are the American Red Cross, CDC Foundation’s All of Us, 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 in a 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 Denver Broncos and John Elway have already donated a combined $550,000 to the Colorado COVID-19 relief fund.

More details about the Draft-A-Thon and how fans can donate will be announced in the coming days.

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