Sometimes as fans, we forget that NFL players are truly people with lives, not just players or pawns on fantasy football teams. Today, let’s look at just some of the many off-the-field projects, charities and activities that the Eagles’ organization and their players take part in each year. Many of these guys are not just great players, but great people too.
The Philadelphia Eagles off-the-field ventures
- Philadelphia Eagles Go Green
- Mission of Hope
- Home Runs for Hearts
- Huddle Up for Autism
- Eagles Care
Philadelphia Eagles Go Green is an initiative that has made the Eagles stadium completely self sustained. They use solar panels and wind turbines to generate electricity and the stadium produces almost no waste.
On the mission of hope trip, the players handed out shoes, painted houses, played games with the kids and helped in construction of a sports complex. Things like this can go a long way towards improving a neighborhood.
Home Runs for Hearts is a home run derby designed to raise money for research and educational programs in Philadelphia.
Huddle Up for Autism is an event where children who have autism are treated to a nice day complete with activities, meeting some of the players and even going onto the field.
Finally, Eagles Care is a program where each year, the Philadelphia Eagles select three non-profits to partner with and help strengthen to make an even greater impact. Last year, they built playgrounds, helped Dignity Housing provide affordable homes for single parents and their children and helped improve the lives of children suffering with cancer and their families. These are just some of the many ways that the Philadelphia Eagles try to make the world a better place.
Others are orchestrated by individuals on the team itself
Just in the last year, so many players have made such an impact on society. Chris Long donated his entire year’s salary to helping the education of the up-and-coming generation. His money went towards helping children get the best possible schooling.
Carson Wentz and his foundation, the AO1 foundation, are building a massive sports complex in Haiti. Wentz himself has even donated up to $500,000 himself towards the construction of the project.
Malcolm Jenkins helped supply needy families with food and other supplies and necessities.
These players all participate in so many more charity efforts that are not listed. Many NFL players are working towards making today a better time, and that is commendable. Maybe we should all ask ourselves what we can do for our communities even if it is just a small donation or some of our time.
Featured image by Drew Hallowell
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