40 2019 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE IN THE COMMUNITY
SPECIAL OLYMPICS VISITS TRAINING CAMP
The Eagles proudly welcomed the Special Olympics of
Pennsylvania to Training Camp at the NovaCare Complex on
August 11. Before practice commenced, the athletes gave highfives
to the players as they made their way out onto the field.
The children and adults from the Special Olympics were able
to watch the team practice. Afterward, they prepared to meet
some of the Eagles players and get autographs as they headed
off the field. Some of the players who stopped by included
Brandon Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, and Carson Wentz.
The mission of Special Olympics PA is to provide year-round
sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type
sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
This provides them continuing opportunities to develop
physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and
participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their
families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.
THE HEAD COACH DIALS UP PLAYS FOR
THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia visited Eagles Training
Camp twice this summer. The kids and their families were able
to enjoy all the fun at practice in addition to meeting the players
Head coach Doug Pederson and his wife, Jeannie, stopped
by for a meet-and-greet with the children from CHOP. The
Pederson’s are the 2019 Honorary Chairs for the Parkway Run
and Walk which raises money to fuel tomorrow’s breakthroughs
in pediatric cancer research and care at the Children’s Hospital
CHOP is the oldest hospital in the United States dedicated
exclusively to pediatrics. It strives to be the world leader in the
advancement of health care for children by integrating excellent
patient care, innovative research, and quality professional
JAKE OLSON INSPIRES THE EAGLES
During the final week of Training Camp, former University of
Southern California long snapper Jake Olson was invited to
practice with his family, friends, and service dog, Quebec. Olson
was the first fully blind athlete to play in a college football game.
He lost his sight at the age of 12 due to a rare type of eye cancer
Long snapper Rick Lovato met with Olson after practice to
explain how inspirational his story is to him and the entire
football community. Jake Elliott and Cameron Johnston also
met Olson who shared a special moment with them about his
football career. Lastly, USC product Cody Kessler reunited with
Olson and his twin sister. The three let out a “Fight On” chant in
unison and reminisced on their times as Trojans.
– BY OLIVIA SCHALLER