Philly Eagles Take Flight for Autism Research

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Autism continues to rank as the largest and fastest-growing developmental disability in the world. But autism researchers who want to change that momentum have a special member on their team: the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles held their second annual Taking Flight for Autism event on Aug. 30 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The event raises money for autism support programs and the Center for Autism Research (CAR) at CHOP. More than 600 guests mingled with Eagles players, coaches, and executives for a cocktail hour, dinner, conversation, and remarks from Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles chairman/CEO; Doug Pederson, Eagles head coach, and more.

Lurie and the Eagles Charitable Foundation announced that in total since 2016, the event had raised $1.6 million for CHOP.