Written by Leigh-Anne Dennison, a Red Crosser from Browns Town (Cleveland, Ohio)
Isn’t it great how the football season brings people together? From tailgates to Super Bowl parties, folks gather to cheer on their champs or root for their favorite underdogs. Even “casual fans” will do the touchdown dance when their local team scores in the final seconds to win the game.
Now, FedEx and the NFL have another reason for fans to come together and cheer, and it involves supporting the humanitarian services provided by local American Red Cross chapters. For a second season, FedEx is teaming with the NFL to support the organization’s lifesaving services through their FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week (and Player of the Year) Program.
How the Program Works
Each Tuesday morning the NFL nominates three quarterbacks and three running backs based on their performances from the past week. Then, the fans come together (virtually) to vote for their favorite quarterback and running back by visiting NFL.com/FedEx.
On Thursday, the winners are announced and FedEx makes a financial donation of $2,000 to each of the winners’ local Red Cross chapters. At the end of the season, fans vote for the Players of the Year in each category, which triggers a $25,000 donation from FedEx to those winners’ local chapters.
These donations support Red Cross services – helping families affected by home fires, communities coping with disasters and a variety of other urgent humanitarian needs.
A Long-time Supporter
For two decades, FedEx has worked closely with the Red Cross to ship critical disaster relief supplies to communities in need across America. FedEx also has worked with the Red Cross to develop a variety of small business preparedness tools. As a $1 million member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program, FedEx ensures the Red Cross is ready to respond immediately after a disaster strikes.
Red Cross Ready
With the kickoff of the 2015 NFL season now underway, Red Cross teams in chapters across the country are grabbing their pompoms, and are eager to find out if players from their hometowns will be among the nominees announced on NFL.com/FedEx on Tuesday mornings.
So now we have to ask: Are you ready…for some football?!