Sunday, May 1, 2016

Huddle Up 2016 Scores a Touchdown!

We were incredibly lucky to have one of the most beautiful days of the spring for the 6th annual Huddle Up for Autism at Lincoln Financial Field on April 17th!

Each year since 2009, the Philadelphia Eagles have partnered with CHOP's Center for Autism Research (CAR) to transform the stadium and field into a carnival-like atmosphere designed specifically with the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum in mind. This year's "sold-out" event attracted more than 3,000 guests and was free of charge to families. Huddle Up is also a fundraiser, and raised more than $40,000 for CAR programs and research!

Families were invited to explore the stadium locker rooms, run drills with Temple and Eagles players, run onto the field through the Eagles “helmet tunnel", kick a field goal, and play a giant game of inflatable life-sized bowling on the field!  Inside, sensory stations, music therapy, and quiet rooms were available to families who needed a break from the action, and child specialists from CAR were on hand to lend assistance when needed. In addition to fun and games, the event provided an opportunity for families to learn about resources and research opportunities with CAR, and to speak with some of the nation's foremost autism specialists and researchers in an informal setting.

"It can be hard for people with autism to enjoy a regular game day at the stadium. The noise, crowds and excitement can be overwhelming. So We pull out all the stops at Huddle Up, so these fans have a chance to meet some of the Eagles players, cheerleaders and SWOOP, and to roam the stadium in a supportive environment," said Robert T. Schultz, PhD, CAR's director. "We’re grateful for the Eagles’ ongoing commitment to supporting CAR’s mission of finding the causes and treatments for autism spectrum disorders, educating families, and training professionals in the field.”
We would especially like to recognize and THANK our top three fundraisers:
  1. Help Rock Autism raised $3,000 and received four pre-game field passes and four tickets to a Philadelphia Eagles home game for the 2016-2017 season!

  2. Team Anthony raised $2,100 and received four VIP Passes to the Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp at the NovaCare Complex!

  3. Team Liam raised $1,621 and received an authentic autographed Connor Barwin Jersey!
We  look forward this event to every year, and we truly think this year was the best one yet! Thank you to our amazing volunteers and the incredible Eagles staff who go above and beyond to make this a such a great experience for everyone who attends! 
Check out this photo gallery for more of our favorite shots from the day.  We also encourage you to post any photos you'd like to share on CAR’s Facebook page!
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

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