Reflecting on this past year is very different from previous years. The uncertainty associated with a global pandemic impacted all of us, particularly those in the autism community. Yet despite this year’s unique challenges, I have been humbled and impressed by the way people have continued to not only support, but fully embrace our commitment to making a difference in the lives of those affected by autism. We may have had to be physically apart, but we are always together in spirit and united in our mission. Last spring, we had to take a step back and evaluate the impact to our community in this unique moment and reimagine engagement in a virtual world. Through new programs like Sensory Saturdays With Max and Working From Home, we looked to provide information and at-home resources through multiple touchpoints. We adjusted our grant program to best amplify and
support the efforts of organizations in the region addressing specific needs arising from the pandemic. From creating more content that supported individuals on the spectrum studying or working from home to funding translators who provided teleintervention and teleassessment, we continued to meet families where they need us most, while fostering a sense of connection during a time of isolation. In September, more than 2,800 participants from 40 countries joined us for our virtual Eagles Autism Challenge. Through their participation and the support of more than 12,000 donors, we raised over $3.1 million dollars, bringing us to nearly $10 million in just three years. Our work remains part of the fabric of the Eagles brand, starting with the leadership of Eagles Chairman and CEO and Eagles Autism Foundation President, Jeffrey
Lurie. It is evident in the spirit of the entire organization. While we couldn’t be together on game days this year, the Eagles Autism Foundation continued to have a presence through our endzone messaging and the more than 4,900 fan cutouts at the stadium that raised over $260,000 for autism research and care. Through it all, we have been motivated by the enthusiasm and energy of our EAF family and community. Thanks to your support and commitment, our momentum keeps growing, allowing us to make a transformational impact on the future of autism. I look forward to when we can all be together again.
Ryan Hammond Executive Director of Eagles Autism Challenge
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