Highlights and reactions as Eagles Autism Challenge continues to break records

The Eagles Autism Challenge enjoyed another great turnout and continues to raise millions for a great cause.
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We have said this often. It bears repeating for the sake of this story. The Philadelphia Eagles have long been an organization full of colorful characters, but the best part about all of that is this. They all also possess great character.

They say teams take on the personality of their head coach. That's probably true, but if it is, organizations probably take on the personality of their owners in some way.

If we're right, we're in luck as Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie is one of our favorite game's great people. He also has a heart for philanthropy as his Eagles Autism Foundation continues to make a difference and positive impact.

The 2024 Eagles Autism Challenge raises more than $8.1 million (and counting).

Seriously, how can you not love the Philadelphia Eagles? Sure, we've had ups and downs, but those come with every football team. Trust us on this. You can do a lot worse than being an Eagles fan. They have brought us joy while watching the operate on the football field, and they also bring us joy off of it.

Jeffrey Lurie is the Founder of the Eagles Autism Foundation. He purchased his team 30 years ago with that being a part of his agenda.

Every year, the Eagles Autism Challenge takes place to help raise money to help foster awareness and assist in research, empathy, and advocacy.

This past Saturday, thousands participated in 30-mile and 10-mile bicycle rides. There were also 5k walks/runs and a Sensory Walk. A post-celebration event at Lincoln Financial Field followed. Check out some of the highlights.

Executive Director Ryan Hammond had the following to say. Thank PhiladelphiaEagles.com for the quote.

"The impact is incredible and everyone has embraced this... We launched in 2018 and then made it through COVID and we have not stopped gaining momentum. We have catapulted into a new level. Our visibility helped in part by the social media we have created, the passion of families that join us all year long for events, and the enthusiasm to represent the foundation wearing EAF merchandise proudly! We're the first Foundation to really lean into monetizing merchandise, for example – has helped us. We're just devoted every single day to inspire and be a model and let everyone know what is possible when you're inclusive and meeting the needs of the community. Beyond that, all are welcome to join us on this journey."

Saturday's event was another success as a record $8.1 million (and counting) was raised. That brings the overall total to well over 159,000 donations and $30 million raised since the event’s inaugural year in 2018.

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