Philadelphia Eagles do their part to tackle autism

Andrew Kramer
May 19, 2018 - 9:35 pm

Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Thousands walked, ran and biked through South Philadelphia Saturday to help those suffering from autism.

From Doug Pederson to Alshon Jefferey to Jason Kelce, players and staff from the Super Bowl champs laced up and peddled in the rain during the inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge, organized by team owner Jeffrey Lurie.

"It's really about prioritizing the conversation from autism awareness to action and I'm excited to announce we have 3,300 participants and we raised $2.2 million and counting," said the event's executive director Ryan Hammond.

The bike rides and 5K's began outside the Linc and ended inside on the 50-yard line.

"We have a family member who has autism so we wanted to come out and support it, said Bill Rhoda who rode along side his 11-year-old son Owen.

"Just to raise enough money to help kids who don't have it as lucky as a lot iof other people," Owen added.

They ran the 5K, while others walked or biked. And the Eagles didn't sit on the sidelines for this one.

"We're not just talking the talk, we are riding the ride, running the run and we are all there to really change the lives of those affected by autism," Hammond added.

It was wet during the event, but as Jason Kelce put it in a spoof of his parade speech, "They said it was too cold, they said it was too rainy...but let's have some fun."