- DraftKings has donated over $1 million dollars to its Tech for Heroes program and various veteran causes.
- For every point scored by NFL teams in the 2019 Thanksgiving games, DraftKings will donate $1,000 to veteran organizations.
- Last month, DraftKings donated thousands to breast cancer research in a partnership with Larry Fitzgerald’s charity organization.
BOSTON – DraftKings will be giving thanks to U.S. veterans this Thanksgiving by donating $1,000 to veteran organizations for every point scored by NFL teams playing this Thursday.
The effort will add to the over $1 million dollars the company has donated to veteran causes throughout the nation and through their Tech for Heroes program.
“DraftKings is proud to be an American-made success story. We do not take for granted the opportunities afforded to us because of the sacrifices of our veterans, and we understand our responsibility to invest in our communities and the veterans who made this possible,” said Co-founder of DraftKings, Matt Kalish in a press release.
The five veteran charities that DraftKings will be working with for this year’s donation include Vets in Tech, Operation Chillout, New England Center and Home for Veterans, Veterans Village, and Patton Veterans Project.
DraftKings will donate a minimum of $20,000 dollars to each charity, totaling to a minimum of $100,000 in contributions.
This isn’t the first time that DraftKings has donated a large sum of money to charitable causes. Earlier this month, the company reported that it had given $100,000 to breast cancer research as part of it’s Pink’ Em contest which ran all through October.
A key difference in this charity-based initiative is that while the Pink’ Em contest was dependent on how many participants signed up to the contest, this campaign is dependent on several teams’ ability to score. This means veterans will surely be hoping for the over in each game.
How Much Could DraftKings End Up Donating?
The three NFL Thanksgiving games will feature, the Chicago Bears V.s. the Detroit Lions, the Buffalo Bills V.s. the Dallas Cowboys, and the New Orleans Saints V.s. the Atlanta Falcons. Odds for NFL games are usually a good indicator for how many points may be scored in any given matchup.
The day begins with the Bears against the Lions. The over/under is currently set at 37 total points. However, there is a good chance that the under will hit in this matchup.
The Chicago Bears offense has struggled all season and according to ESPN, the team is currently ranked 29th overall in total points scored this season. The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, are ranked eleventh overall in that category but will likely be without starting quarterback Matt Stafford due to injury.
The second game to air may make up for any lack of points in the first game. The point total is set at 46.5 for the Cowboys against the Bills. The Bills’ defense has been one of the best in the league but the Cowboys are coming into the matchup leading the league in yards per game.
The Cowboys have also scored the 6th most points this season. The Bills offense hasn’t been nearly as explosive and the Cowboys defense ranks in the top ten in terms of yards allowed per game. That 46.5 figure could be reached by a close game, but it could also be reached by a blowout.
Oddsmakers expect the final Thanksgiving game to generate the most points. The over/under is currently set at 49 points. The Saints have averaged 24.7 points per game this season while the Falcons have averaged 22 points.
The last time these teams met, the Falcons defeated the Saints 26-9. The game was uncharacteristic of both teams, especially for the Saints which have frequently scored over 30 points against their opponents this season. Many expect the Saints to come back with a vengeance and claim the NFC South this Thursday.
If sportsbooks with NFL odds hit each point total spot on, DraftKings could end up donating $132,500 on top of the $100,000 guaranteed to their partner organizations.
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