FanDuel launches initiatives, donations to promote education during Problem Gambling Awareness Month

To promote safer play during Problem Gambling Awareness Month, taking place in March, US online gaming giant FanDuel announced a series of initiatives and donations “to further support a culture of Responsible Gaming.”

FanDuel will donate $100,000 to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), which will further support the NCPG’s Agility Grants program in partnership with the NFL Foundation. This program provides funding to nonprofit organizations across the US for problem gambling prevention in areas that currently have no such services.

Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director, said: “FanDuel’s commitment to supporting a spectrum of services from problem gambling prevention to responsible gambling education is a reflection of their dedication to building a safe and sustainable gambling ecosystem.”

We are excited to continue to partner with FanDuel on our Agility Grants program, the first-ever national grants for problem gambling prevention. Together, we are taking an important step forward in mitigating gambling-related harm,” he added. 

Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director

Additionally, FanDuel will expand its support of the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) to fund research designed to understand gambling behavior in the U.S. With this research, ICRG and FanDuel aim to enhance the industry’s tools to identify potential harm, mitigate risk, and improve responsible gambling programs, the operator said in a statement.

Arthur Paikowsky, President of ICRG, commented: “FanDuel’s substantial support plays a crucial role in promoting important research. We commend the company for its unwavering dedication towards advocating responsible gaming and increasing awareness about it.”

FanDuel also will expand efforts to raise responsible gaming awareness through its RG ambassador program. RG ambassador Craig Carton, the host of “The Carton Show” on FS1 and “Carton and Roberts” on WFAN 101.9/660 AM radio in New York, recently kicked off a “Responsible Gaming College Tour” with stops at college campuses across the northeast to raise awareness and educate young adults around the risks of problem gambling. In March, the tour will continue with a stop at Sacred Heart University.

FanDuel RG ambassador Craig Carton

“March is an important month to highlight advocacy for responsible gaming,” said Carton. “Whether it’s connecting with young adults about my story on campus or promoting safer play among sports fans on social media, I look forward to continuing to promote a culture of responsible gaming with FanDuel.”

Seven-division boxing champion and FanDuel RG ambassador Amanda Serrano and Carton also will share video content on their respective social channels reminding sports fans of the importance of playing within limits and encouraging those choosing to wager on sporting events to use FanDuel’s ‘Play Well’ tools including wager, deposit, and time limit technology, to help manage their play.

“As a FanDuel Responsible Gaming Ambassador, I’m proud to work with the team at FanDuel to promote education around responsible play,” said Serrano. “During Problem Gambling Awareness Month, it’s even more important to remind those who choose to wager of the tools and resources available to them to help stay in control of the way they play.”

  FanDuel RG ambassador Amanda Serrano

FanDuel RG ambassador Amanda Serrano

FanDuel is also working with the NBA and the PGA Tour on responsible gambling initiatives. The operator’s initiatives with league partners include sharing responsible gaming messaging and raising calls to action at NBA arenas across the US and its Problem Gambling Awareness Month campaign with the PGA Tour across FanDuel TV and social media channels.

Scott Kaufman-Ross, Senior VP, Head of Gaming & New Business Ventures, NBA, stated: “Prioritizing responsible gambling efforts has been integral to our relationship with FanDuel from day one. Responsible gambling is a key pillar of our approach to legal sports betting, and we are grateful that FanDuel shares that vision.” 

Scott Kaufman-Ross, Senior VP, Head of Gaming & New Business Ventures, NBA

Scott Warfield, VP of Gaming for the PGA TOUR, said: “When the PGA TOUR made the decision five years ago to enter this space, we did it fully understanding that integrity programs and responsible gaming initiatives would lead the way.”

“Because of that, we’ve developed deep relationships with operators such as FanDuel that also have that mindset and see responsible gaming as a shared priority and collective responsibility,” he added.

Scott Warfield, VP of Gaming for the PGA TOUR

To encourage customer usage of player protection resources, FanDuel is promoting awareness and is encouraging its customers to use its ‘Play Well’ responsible gaming tools to manage their play. 

As part of Flutter’s Play Well strategy, FanDuel and the group’s other divisions have a goal of 75% of active online customers using one Play Well tool by 2030 and over 50% using a tool by 2026.

Amy Howe, FanDuel Group CEO

“This March marks the 20 anniversary of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and we will once again use this as a moment to demonstrate how FanDuel aims to set the standard for what it means to be a responsible operator,” said Amy Howe, FanDuel Group CEO.

“Through collaboration with our valued partners, we can continue to raise Responsible Gaming awareness and encourage our customers to incorporate our Play Well tools into their experience,” she concluded.