The NFL Foundation will contribute at least $300,000 to aid in international and domestic relief efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew.
A total of $100,000 will go to the Salvation Army and UNICEF to support relief efforts and assist victims in impacted areas of the Caribbean, including Haiti and the Bahamas. The NFL Foundation will provide an additional $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in relief and recovery efforts in impacted areas of the southeastern United States.
The NFL Foundation will also commit at least $100,000 to restore youth and high school football programs in impacted areas of the southeast. The NFL, together with USA Football, will replace damaged or lost equipment and uniforms and address other needs in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, and will work with area athletic organizations to determine which local programs are in the most need.
Several NFL teams and players have pledged to assist relief efforts in their communities and beyond. NFL players with Haitian ties, including Cliff Avril (Seattle), Nickell Robey-Coleman (Buffalo), Leger Douzable (Buffalo), Elvis Dumervil (Baltimore), Pierre Garçon (Washington), Ricky Jean-Francois (Washington), and NFL Legends, including Jay Feely, have personally provided aid and support in Haiti.
Here’s how some NFL teams are supporting Hurricane Matthew relief efforts:
Cardinals President Michael Bidwill contributed $25,000 on behalf of the team to support the Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts of former Cardinals kicker Jay Feely and Mission of Hope Haiti.
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has made a $25,000 grant to CARE and will make a $25,000 grant to the Mission of Hope to support Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts.
Carolina Panthers Charities is providing $250,000 in grant funding to assist high school athletic programs in North and South Carolina that have been adversely impacted by Hurricane Matthew and the storm’s aftermath. Grants will assist in replacing or repairing equipment, supplies or athletic infrastructure lost or damaged due to Hurricane Matthew.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Jaguars Foundation will make a $25,000 contribution to the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Jaguars will evaluate opportunities to continue to support relief and recovery efforts as they evolve in the coming weeks. This donation is designed to support the immediate short-term needs of those on the First Coast who need assistance. The Jaguars plan to recognize and salute area first responders at their Oct. 23 home game against the Oakland Raiders.
The Miami Dolphins organization contributed to a series of relief efforts, including a $100,000 contribution from its foundation to support efforts in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas and communities in Florida impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Funds will provide much needed near and long term support for impacted areas. Dolphins fans also have contributed to the cause: All proceeds from game day 50/50 raffles at Hard Rock Stadium on Oct. 9, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 will go toward relief efforts. Ticket holders can donate supplies at stadium gates throughout October and fans can visit the Dolphins’ website to donate directly to relief organizations, including the Miami Foundation (Caribbean Community Relief Fund), American Red Cross (Hurricane Matthew), Jamaican Red Cross, Surge for Water, UNICEF and Salvation Army.
Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder and his wife Tanya personally delivered much needed hurricane relief supplies, including batteries, food, blankets, candles, non-perishable food items and children’s games, to the Bahamas on the Saturday following Hurricane Matthew. The Snyder family also donated their plane to Redskins players Pierre Garçon and Ricky Jean Francois who traveled to Haiti on behalf of the team to provide medical supplies from the team’s athletic training staff to people in need.
About the NFL Foundation
The NFL Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football — from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.