Together We Can Make A Difference
Join the NFL's Pandemic Recovery Efforts
As we all continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities and nation at large need to continue supporting each other. Through the NFL's Draft-a-Thon, we worked closely with our partners to support pandemic recovery, especially in our communities that have lacked significant resources.
Draft-a-Thon brought awareness to and fundraised for national nonprofit organizations supporting key issues that impact underserved communities: health disparities, bridging the digital divide, bringing awareness to the importance of mental health, and helping to solve food insecurity.
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Communities of color, indigenous communities, older and rural Americans have long faced health disparities, creating obstacles to achieve health. This has been exacerbated by the pandemic, where COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted those already experiencing health disparities. Through Draft-a-Thon, the CDC Foundation will drive awareness of the cause of health inequities and promote vital community conditions, including meeting the basic needs for health, nutrition, safety, housing, education and meaningful work.
Over this past year, the digital divide – a growing chasm between those who have access to computers and reliable, high-speed Internet and those who do not – has widened due to the pandemic. The Education Trust works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Draft-a-Thon is pushing forward the urgency to close the digital divide.
Feeding America estimates nearly 42 million people, including 13 million children, could face food insecurity in 2021 due to the ongoing economic fallout from COVID-19. This equates to 1 in 8 people and 1 in 6 children. Feeding America’s mission is to feed those facing food insecurity through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Draft-a-Thon is helping to spread awareness and provide funding for our neighbors that need help putting food on the table.
Mental Health America is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all. This year, 4 out of 5 people who took an anxiety or depression screening reported moderate to severe symptoms. The pandemic has made it clear to everyone that there is a huge need for more mental health services and support, especially in our hardest hit communities and the Draft-a-Thon will raise awareness and understanding that prioritizing this is a key part of recovering from the pandemic.
Did you miss Draft-a-Thon? Watch Night 1 of Draft-a-Thon Live, a livestream in support of COVID-19 recovery efforts hosted by Kay Adams and other special guests.