Ben Garland serves with the Colorado Air National Guard as a Public Affairs Officer, fulfilling his military obligations during each NFL offseason. He is also a member of Waterboys, an organization that unites NFL players from across the league in service to bring life-sustaining drinking water to communities in need. During the NFL’s annual My Cause, My Cleats campaign, Garland represented the charity in an effort to raise awareness and funding for the millions of people around the world without access to clean water.
Garland has extended his efforts amidst the COIVD-19 pandemic by joining DraftKings and United Way to help combat the global crisis. Through a hashtag campaign, fans are encouraged to take a picture or video in their own rally cap and the daily fantasy sports company will donate money to the United Way’s relief efforts. DraftKings has already made an initial donation of $500,000.
“The rally cap uniquely embodies the American spirit and our hope in the face of adversity, no matter the challenge ahead. It represents the come-back attitude we have at DraftKings as we work with our communities to face down COVID-19,” Matt Kalish, DraftKings President North America said in a press release. “Our player community over the years has shown a steadfast commitment to social good in times of need through many charitable programs on our platform. We are confident America will now rally for those in need to help ignite this important comeback.”
For every post shared with the #DKRally hashtag, Draft Kings will donate $1 to the United Way.
For community resources and to learn more about the 49ers efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit 49ers.com/IGYB.