WHY AUTISM - MOVING FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION
Now it is well known that millions of people around the world are connected to autism. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 59 people under 21 living in the United States are on the autism spectrum, making it the fastest growing developmental disorder. For the Eagles owner and CEO, Jeffrey Lurie it is personal. With autism in his own family, Lurie knows his is just one of many families dealing with this condition and has seen firsthand the difference the right resources can make.
At the Eagles, we take our responsibility to the community very seriously and look for how to best leverage our brand and ability to bring people together in order to drive critical resources and funding to autism. We want to give a voice to families who live with autism – the ones who are out there every day advocating, promoting, supporting and seeking out opportunities for their loved ones.
One organization can’t do it alone, so we are partnering with thought leaders to advance scientific breakthroughs. Together all of us can shift from autism awareness to action for transformational impact, not only in Philadelphia, but throughout the country and the world.
The Eagles Autism Challenge is dedicated to raising funds for innovative research and programs to help unlock the mystery of autism. By providing the necessary resources to doctors and scientists at leading institutions, we will be able to assist those currently affected by autism as well as future generations. Our event aims to inspire and engage the community, so together, we can provide much needed support to make a lasting impact in the field of autism.
Join Philadelphia Eagles players, alumni, coaches, executives, cheerleaders and SWOOP for the Eagles Autism Challenge, a one-day bike ride and family-friendly run/walk.
Choose from 15, 30, or 50-mile cycling routes, the 5K run/walk, or the Sensory Walk, all beginning at Lincoln Financial Field and ending on the 50-yard line. Activities include a Friday Night Kick-Off Party and Saturday Finish Line Celebration on the field.
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