The Bengals will support United Way of Greater Cincinnati as part of the NFL's Draft-A-Thon, a massive fundraising campaign aimed at raising much-needed funds for COVID-19 relief efforts. A portion of funds raised through the Draft-A-Thon will go directly to United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
The Draft-A-Thon will be live streamed on NFL social and digital platforms and featured in live Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network on April 23-25. Hosted by the NFL Network's Rich Eisen and Deion Sanders, the Draft-A-Thon will feature a wide variety of athletes, celebrities and personalities, including Chad Johnson and Giovani Bernard.
"The NFL Draft is an exciting time, but we also recognize the unprecedented challenges facing the world with the COVID-19 pandemic," said Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn. "The Draft-A-Thon is a great way to raise awareness and funds for many organizations helping communities across the country, including United Way of Greater Cincinnati here in our community."
"We are thrilled to be a part of the excitement of draft weekend and grateful the Bengals chose to support our relief efforts," said Moira Weir, United Way of Greater Cincinnati President and CEO. "The pandemic economically devastated our region and we know recovery and revitalization are long-term efforts. United Way is needed now more than ever and we exist to combat these types of pervasive community problems."
Donations can be made at NFL.com/RELIEF. In addition to raising funds, the Draft-A-Thon will pay tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19.