NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation renews partnership with Epic Risk Management

The partnership between the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and Epic will see NFLPA members given resources to help tackle problem gambling.

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Epic Risk Management, a gambling harm minimisation consultancy, has provided NFLPA members with virtual educational programs since their initial partnership in July 2020.

This expanded partnership will see the introduction of workshops, seminars, events and projects using in-person lived experience facilitators. This will be available to all members of the NFLPA.

John Millington, Senior Director at Epic Risk Management, said: “We are delighted, with the support of the Entain Foundation US, to continue working with the NFLPA PAF in supporting their proactive and holistic approach to prioritizing the welfare of the person behind the player.

“As the prevalence of sports wagering continues to increase across the USA – as highlighted by a new projected record $16bn wagered by 50 million Americans on February’s Super Bowl – the need for pioneering and preventative approaches to raise awareness and minimize the risks of gambling harm also increases.”

Caryl Banks, Senior Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) Manager at NFLPA, said: “Helping our members by educating them on the potential risks of issues such as problem gambling is a vital part of the work we do for our membership.

“Since being the first Players’ Association in the US to partner with Epic Risk Management, we have been positively reassured by how well we have collaborated to raise awareness around the issue of problem gambling to a statistically more vulnerable demographic."

More than 7,500 NFLPA members have accessed the resources provided to them since 1990. These include health, financial and educational resources, as well as wellness events.

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