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The NFL is moving full steam ahead with an entirely virtual 2020 Draft due to COVID-19s impact across the nation. While this may stop in-person activities for the 32 teams, it didn’t stop the Washington Redskins from showing some creativity at a time when fans everywhere are craving sports.
On Monday, the team announced plans to host their first-ever Virtual Draft Experience on Saturday, April 25th. The Virtual Party will include Draft coverage and exclusive celebrity and influencer appearances, player interviews, fan interaction and giveaways.
“We hope the NFL Draft will be a source of joy and excitement for fans who welcome some distraction during these extremely challenging times,” said head coach Ron Rivera. “The Virtual Draft Party is meant to be a celebration that will create a sense of unity for Redskins fans as we continue this fight together, while understanding we have a responsibility to do the right thing by not celebrating together physically.”
“Voice of the Redskins” Larry Michael will host the coverage along with several special guests joining throughout the experience, including Rivera, Vice President of Player Personnel Kyle Smith, quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. and alumni Fred Smoot and Brian Mitchell.
The event is presented by 7-Eleven who will provide special in-store offers to help fans make their virtual parties more interesting.
“7‑Eleven stands committed to providing customers with what they want, when and where they want it,” said Marissa Jarratt, 7-Eleven senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “That’s why 7-Eleven is offering Redskins fans craveable food like pizza and wings, beer in participating markets and other items to enjoy during their Virtual Draft Parties. Items are available for pickup in-store or via free, contactless delivery using the promo code FREE4U upon checkout.”
So far, the Redskins are the only team across the league to announce such an event. Other teams will more than likely follow in their footsteps. Specific timing and additional current and former players, as well as celebrity and influencer appearances will be announced by the Redskins in the coming weeks.