For football fans, and especially Eagles fans, the upcoming start of the regular season in September couldn’t come soon enough. Since the end of the season in the beginning of the year, Eagles fans have been starved of their beloved football, which made the Eagle’s opening practice on Sunday even more exhilarating.
When the Eagles announced its only open practice in July, fans were ecstatic to attend. The loyalty of Birds fans did not disappoint on Sunday, which brought over 40,000 people bleeding green and white to Lincoln Financial Field. Though most NFL teams don’t charge for open practices, the Eagles charged $10 per ticket, but for a very good cause. All proceeds from ticket sales went towards the Eagles Autism Challenge, which aims to fund Autism research and bring greater awareness to Autism. With over 40,000 fans in attendance of the open practice, the Eagles were able to raise a total of $475,000 for the organization.
The Eagles franchise care deeply about Autism awareness and research, with owner Jeffrey Lurie having Autism in his family. The Eagles didn’t stop their dedication to the cause on Sunday, however. Recently, the franchise revealed its very own sensory room in Lincoln Financial Field for fans with Autism and other sensory challenges! The room was put together in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and KultureCity, which was designed by medical professionals and features, “noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads.”
Congratulations to the Eagles for their fierce passion and dedication to a wonderful cause and continuing to raise awareness for Autism. Go Birds!