2020 Virtual CFG
The 11th Annual Congressional Football Game Transitions Live Game to Virtual
2020 Virtual CFG: Fantasy Football
WASHINGTON (August 5, 2020) – The Congressional Football Game (CFG) – the charity game that brings together members of Congress, former NFL players, and U.S. Capitol Police to raise funds for local Washington, D.C. organizations – today announced that the bi-annual event, scheduled for September 23, 2020, will now be held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect the health and safety of players and fans, while also working to bring Americans together for an important cause.
“While we are disappointed that this year’s in-person Congressional Football Game for Charity is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, we want everyone to know that we still plan to hold an event virtually,” said Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL). “This charity game brings out the best of Congress – Democratic and Republican members of Congress teaming up to raise money for good causes in Washington, D.C. I’d like to thank the former NFL players, U.S. Capitol Police, members and supporters who make this event happen year after year.”
For nearly two decades, the CFG gathers members of Congress and former NFL players to play a friendly football game against the U.S. Capitol Police. Although it will not be hosting this year’s game in its conventional format, CFG will be creating a virtual ‘Fantasy Football’ experience in which players, fans, and for the first time, all Americans can participate in the fun.
Allstate Insurance, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), and the United States Senate Federal Credit Union are already signed on to be 2020 virtual game sponsors.
The 2020 Virtual CFG: Fantasy Football is in the planning stages, and more details of how people can join in the game and get involved in the mission will be made available in the coming months.
“It’s unfortunate that the 2020 Congressional Football Game is canceled, but it’s an understandable step to keep people safe. Nevertheless, as we did last year on the gridiron, Democratic and Republican Congress Members will continue to work together to support the U.S. Capitol Police and fundraise for local charities virtually. We look forward to continuing our work for such worthy causes and to playing the game in 2021,” said Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA).
It has always been the CFG’s goal to come together to support disparate communities in addition to raising money and awareness for various groups in need. This year’s virtual showdown will benefit three local non-profit organizations that aid families and individuals in the Washington, D.C. metro area. These organizations include:
- The Capitol Police Memorial Fund – Assists the families of fallen offers or those injured in the line of duty.
- Our Military Kids – Provides grants to children in military families
- A Advantage 4 Kids – Aides family and children with special needs.
Please visit https://congressionalfootball.org for more about updates on 2020 Virtual CFG: Fantasy Football.
The Congressional Football Game for Charity was first organized to honor and support the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police and to support the families of fallen officers following the tragic shooting and death of Officer Jacob “JJ” Chestnut and Detective John Gibson at the U.S. Capitol. The organization now supports three local non-profits – The Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Our Military Kids, and A Advantage 4 Kids.