DraftKings commits $1.6m to US responsible gambling initiative

 DraftKings has announced the launch of its State Council Funding Program.
DraftKings has announced the launch of its State Council Funding Program.

DraftKings has announced it will finance a responsible gambling campaign in the US for the next three years.

US.- DraftKings has announced the launch of a US-wide funding programme to support non-profit organisations and groups delivering support to people suffering with problematic gambling and related issues. The company has committed a minimum of $1.6m to local councils across the US over the next three years. Under the State Council Funding Program, $15,000 will be offered to each state council.

The programme will be open to all members of the National Council on Problem Gambling, of which there are 35 state affiliate councils. Funding may be used to strengthen services and programs for individuals and families, as well as for council staff, with the funds available to use for training, conferences, helplines and general capacity building.

Keith Whyte, executive director, National Council on Problem Gambling, said: “State councils provide a first line of defence for addressing the needs of people impacted by problem gambling. This significant initiative by DraftKings shows its commitment to and knowledge of the importance of the work state councils provide.” 

Christine Thurmond, DraftKings’ director of responsible gaming Christine Thurmond, said: “Having spent several years of my career working with the state council in my home state, Massachusetts, I have seen first-hand how these organisations are a tremendous resource for individuals and families, and serve as a critical stakeholder and partner for gaming operators.  

“DraftKings is committed to advancing responsible gaming in collaboration with state councils across the US. Our hope is that this funding will give councils that extra support needed to fund priority areas, expand services, or hire additional staff; whatever is most needed, we want to help financially.”

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