EAGLES CARE COMMUNITY MONDAY INITIATIVE
In an effort to continue their hard work off the field, Eagles players participate in service opportunities through the team’s
Eagles Care Community Monday initiative. They spend their day off during the season to positively impact the region by
visiting local children’s hospitals, elementary schools, retirement and environmental centers, food pantries, and more.
BY OLIVIA SCHALLER
40 2019 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE IN THE COMMUNITY
SOUTH JERSEY TOWN RALLIES AROUND 17-YEAR-OLD WITH AUTISM
Together with the Eagles Autism Foundation and 2019 Eagles Care
partner Fred’s Footsteps, the Eagles delivered brand-new, sensoryfriendly
equipment to a local family in need on Monday, September 16.
The DiFilippo family, residents of Audubon, New Jersey, is undertaking
a major home renovation project to create a safe, appropriate therapy
space for its 17-year-old son, Luke. Diagnosed with a brain tumor as a
1-year-old, Luke also has autism.
Mack Hollins, Avonte Maddox, Jordan Mailata, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai
helped carry the equipment into the home and surprised Luke with his
brand-new toys. After spending time with the entire DiFilippo family,
everyone headed to the backyard for a block party involving some of
Luke’s biggest supporters and contributors to the home renovation
project. The players signed autographs and took pictures with fans while
enjoying the beautiful afternoon.
Fred’s Footsteps helps working families stay on their feet through a child’s
illness or injury. The organization provides direct financial assistance
for non-medical expenses, such as household bills, to make up for gaps
in income as well as one-time extraordinary expenses, like medical
equipment or home modifications. It is the only program in the region
that provides this type of bridge – not just momentary help – to families
during their time of need.
EAGLES SHARE ADVICE FROM THEIR CHARACTER PLAYBOOK
In an effort to help encourage children to cultivate and maintain
healthy relationships during their most critical years of development,
the Philadelphia Eagles, in partnership with the United Way of Greater
Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, hosted a live Character Playbook
virtual session for students on Monday, September 23. Mack Hollins and
Jordan Mailata participated in a 45-minute video conference with 420
local elementary, middle, and high school students to teach the basic
principles of good character and conflict resolution.
They asked the students a series of true/false questions about character,
confidence, and peer influence. The students then had a chance to ask
Hollins and Mailata questions about how they handle difficult situations
and display character in their everyday lives.
Powered by EVERFI, Character Playbook is an innovative digital learning
experience that uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on
how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical
middle school years.