The Bengals and their fans are proud to have helped the NFL with its "Huddle for 100" initiative after the league announced a total of 397,253,630 volunteer minutes from 1,020,846 volunteers donating their time back to their communities.
Huddle for 100 launched at the 2019 NFL Draft to inspire one million people to give back 100 minutes of their time, with a goal of 100 million minutes donated to celebrate the NFL's 100th season.
In November, the NFL surpassed the 100-million-minute mark and by the culmination of the league's 100th season at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, there were nearly 400 million minutes volunteered.
"We can't thank the NFL family enough -- our incredible fans, clubs and players -- for the tremendous volunteer work that took place across the country and for helping us to shatter our goal of 100 million minutes, nearly quadrupling that number," said NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. "Huddle for 100 brought our fans and communities together and the impact will be felt for the next 100 seasons of the NFL."
A large part of the volunteer minutes through Huddle for 100 were contributed from the 32 NFL clubs, who hosted several volunteer events throughout the season and encouraged their fans to get involved as well. Throughout the season, each club who had the most minutes registered that month received a $5,000 grant from the NFL Foundation and there was an incentive for a $100,000 grand-prize for the club that had accumulated for the most volunteer minutes by the end of the season.
The 397,253,630 minutes volunteered equates to 757 years' worth of volunteer time and has an economic value of over $168.36 million. Huddles occurred in all 50 states and more specifically in 789 cities -- NFL fans were a large part of accumulating these minutes. There were 261,449,800 minutes contributed by players, coaches, cheerleaders, and NFL staff from all 32 clubs, who in total hosted 1,344 Huddle events. The were 1,506 Huddles organized overall, and the National Huddles hosted from 2019 Draft to Super Bowl LIV accounted for of 9,169 volunteers who donated 704,800 minutes of their time through these national events.
Thank you Bengals fans for helping shape the next 100 years of our community!