PHILADELPHIA EAGLES YEARBOOK 291
EAGLES AUTISM CHALLENGE
May 19, 2018
Within the past year, autism
prevalence has increased from one in
68 children to one in 59. It is one of
the fastest-growing developmental
disorders in the country, yet autism
has been historically underfunded,
misunderstood, and underresearched.
The Eagles Autism
Challenge is the team’s signature
cycling and 5K run/walk fundraising
event dedicated to supporting
innovative autism research and
programs. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey
Lurie spearheaded the charity
event to bring thought leaders
in the field of autism together.
On May 19, 2018, the inaugural
event kicked off at the corner of
One Lincoln Financial Field Way and
Pattison Avenue and raised more
than $2.5 million for autism research.
A total of 3,319 participants came
out to bike, run, and walk for
the cause, while a remarkable
24,700 donors across 20 countries
supported their fundraising efforts.
In partnership with Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel
University, and Thomas Jefferson
University and Jefferson Health, a
coalition of the top researchers and
scientists was formed to bring fresh
ways of thinking and the necessary
resources to the field. One-hundred
percent of the participant-raised
funds from the inaugural event
were directed to autism research.