FanDuel Sportsbook Makes A $1 Million Donation To United Negro College Fund in Maryland

FanDuel Sportsbook continues to make an impact in Maryland. The sportsbook operator recently announced that it made a $1 million donation to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to financially support underprivileged students in Maryland currently enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

UNCF and FanDuel Sportsbook will team up to work with students at four HBCUs in the state of Maryland. Those four HBCUs are Morgan State University, Bowie State University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and Coppin State University. 

The donation was officially made with a check presentation on Dec. 14 at the FanDuel Sportsbook at Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover. Former Washington Commander wide receiver Santana Moss was at the presentation ceremony with FanDuel and UNCF representatives. It’s a donation that comes less than a month after FanDuel officially launched its online sportsbook in Maryland

“FanDuel is delighted to be able to legally offer our sportsbook platform here in Maryland,” President of FanDuel Group Christian Genetski said in a press release. “More importantly, we’re proud to partner with UNCF once again in support of Maryland’s HBCU community. Our goal is that these funds help make a difference in the lives of hard-working students while also creating a track for some to join us at FanDuel as part of our summer intern program.”

It is the second $1 million donation that FanDuel has made to UNCF with the first having been in 2021 in partnership with the Washington Football Team. The first donation was used for emergency support of students at HBCUs in Virginia during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

How Will the UNCF Use the FanDuel Sportsbook $1 Million Donation?

The money will be used in a variety of ways to financially help students currently enrolled at the various HBCUs in the state. Some of those areas include technology, food security, housing, tuition, and various other education-related costs. 

Another aspect of the sportsbook operator’s partnership with UNCF includes students from the HBCUs having a track to potentially join FanDuel’s annual summer internship program in New York at FanDuel’s headquarters. 

Maryland Mobile Sports Betting Has Terrific Start

Mobile sports betting made a splash in the first week of its official launch in Maryland and FanDuel was a big part of that. 

Mobile sports betting officially launched on Nov. 23 after a tedious and long process with seven sportsbooks going live on launch day: FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Barstool Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, PointsBet, and BetRivers

Mobile sports wagering had a high demand leading up to the launch and that translated to a great start. Mobile betting brought in around $153.1 million more in just over a week than retail sports betting did in an entire month.  

For the month of November retail sports betting brought in around $32.9 million. In the first nine days of mobile sports betting officially being live, the seven sportsbooks brought in a combined handle of over $186 million.

FanDuel Sportsbook was the biggest earner bringing in a handle of $89.9 million, over $20 million more than the next highest which was DraftKings Sportsbook. 

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Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.