On April 15th, The Philadelphia Eagles hosted “The 2018 Huddle Up for Autism” event. The NFL team created a collaborative partnership up with The Center for Autism Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where they invited children with autism and their families to take part in a fun filled day. All programs and events for the day were tailored to be autism friendly.
The event took place at the teams’ home field, the Lincoln Financial Field, and extended the invite to a few other parties. Temple University football players stopped by to hangout and support the cause as well as the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. The cheerleaders took photos with attendees throughout the event.
Current players like Quarterback Nate Sudfield and Safety Chris Maragos attended the event and took time to sign autographs. Even the Lombardi Trophy was in attendance for a photo opportunity. Attendees had the opportunity to take a locker room tour as well.
The Philadelphia Eagles decided to begin “Huddle Up for Autism” because they recognized autism to be the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. On their website, Drew Hallowell, a team spokesperson said this increase also requires “the need for programming, research and advocacy a top priority in the autism community”. Their website also states that through this program they “will continue our diligent work in this field until the mysteries of autism are finally unlocked”.
The day concluded with on-field activities.
For photos of the April 15th event please check the Philadelphia Eagles website: