The National Football League will use the massive national platform during this weekend’s division-round playoff games to help raise money for efforts to assist the many thousands of Haitians affected by Tuesday’s earthquake.
Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that Commissioner Roger Goodell directed the league office to work with CBS and FOX to incorporate into this weekend’s coverage of Cardinals-Saints, Ravens-Colts, Cowboys-Vikings, and Jets-Chargers messages regarding available avenues for making contributions to the cause.
The league has asked ESPN and NFL Network to provide similar messages during weekend pregame shows, per Maske. Efforts also will be made at each of this weekend’s playoff games to persuade attendees to make donations.
Maske points out that roughly two dozen NFL players and/or their parents were born in Haiti.
The Red Cross web site has more information regarding relief efforts. Alternatively, a text of “HAITI” to 90999 will trigger a $10 donation, with the charge appearing on the user’s phone bill.