Monday, May 7, 2012

Huddle Up for Autism 2012 Recap!


autismMatch Family Consultant
Center for Autism Research

The rain on Sunday, April 22nd didn't dampen spirits as the Center for Autism Research (CAR) and the Philadelphia Eagles opened the doors of Lincoln Financial Field to host the 3rd Annual Huddle Up for Autism!

Several thousand people traveled to South Philadelphia for the event, which is geared towards families who have children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This is a great day for families who aren’t normally able to attend Philly sporting events because of the sensory sensitivities that often accompany ASD. Said one mom, “My daughter loves football but can never get to a game because it’s so loud, this was the perfect opportunity for her to get to the stadium...And meet cheerleaders!”
 
There are tons of fun activities for kids to explore at Huddle Up, including: face painting, moon bounces, making your own stress balls, balloon artists, sand art, spin art, magic shows, computer games, etc.

This year, we were very excited to have an Eagles statistician put on a special presentation for kids who have a special interest in math and love Philly sports! He discussed how the team uses stats to prepare for games, the draft, and much more. 

As always, Eagles personalities were on hand to welcome families to Lincoln Financial Field. SWOOP, Eagles cheerleaders, and several Eagles players happily signed autographs and took photos with fans young and old. 

A brand new aspect to Huddle Up this year was that families had the opportunity to fundraise on behalf of CAR to win special prizes. We are absolutely ecstatic to announce that, in the first year of fundraising, you raised over $30,000! On behalf of our center’s staff, THANK YOU! This money will directly benefit CAR’s many research programs!

We would especially like to thank and congratulate our top three fundraisers:
1. Courtney Dwyer raised $4,000 and won four tickets and four pre-game field passes to the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys game at Lincoln Financial Field!

2. James Deckman raised $3,355 and won four VIP passes to the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles training camp at Lehigh University!

3. Kevin Simpson raised $3,000 and won an autographed authentic Eagles jersey!

Staff from CAR and the Philadelphia Eagles had a great time on event day! We hope you did too!

If you haven't made a donation to CAR and would like to do so, you can visit Huddle Up for Autism's donation page here.

To view more photos from the event, please visit CAR’s Facebook page! We also encourage you to post any photos that you took at Huddle Up to our page as well!

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