Yesterday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced the inevitable -- the 3rd annual Eagles Autism Challenge would be postponed due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. The event was set to be held Saturday, May 16th, but with an attendance limit on public gatherings, the Eagles Autism Foundation had no choice but to reschedule.
In just two years, the Eagles Autism Challenge has raised more than $7 million dollars to be used towards autism research in the Philadelphia area. The star-studded event brings together players, coaches, and members of the community. Carson Wentz, Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Jason Kelce, Desean Jackson, Doug Peterson and more can be found biking the streets of Philly and cheering on Eagles fans as they work to raise money for the Foundation.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is the chairman of the event, as well as a major advocate for autism research and awareness. Using his platform, Lurie is dedicated to providing the much need resources for those working towards finding scientific breakthroughs for the fastest-growing developmental disorder. With his help, in 2019 the Eagles became one of the first professional sports teams to house a sensory room in their stadium. The room is used by families and guests with sensory challenges as a safe and accommodating place to enjoy during Eagles games.
The Eagles Autism Foundation also hosts the Eagles Radiothon, Eagles Huddle Up for Autism, and a 50/50 as fundraisers.
While the Eagles Autism Challenge has not been canceled, the health and safety concerns of the country and the quickly approaching NFL season will play a major role in a new date.