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In honor of NFC Championships, Eagles announce matching gift drive for their autism challenge

Patriot-News - 1/17/2018

Jan. 17--Want to help raise money to fund autism research?

The Philadelphia Eagles are here to help.

The team's Autism Challenge is a combination of a cycling ride and a 5K walk/run. The money raised from the event goes to go directly to autism research and programs at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The event is slated to be held on May 19, 2018.

But fundraising is already beginning. In honor of the NFC Championship Game, there will be a Eagles Autism Challenge Matching Gift Drive.

Starting Jan. 17 and running until Jan. 21, the first $25,000 in online donations raised by participants in the Eagles Autism Challenge will be matched dollar for dollar. So a $100 donation becomes a $200 donation, thanks to the matching gift drive.

The gift drive was made possible by a season ticket member, according to the Eagles. That unnamed ticket member "in light of the team making it to the NFC Championship Game, wants to bring Eagles Autism Challenge supporters together for double the impact," according to a press release.

The matching gift drive does not apply to registration fees and other costs associated with the Eagles Autism Challenge.

The challenge itself kicks off with a party on Lincoln Financial Field on May 18, with the actual ride and walk/run starting on May 19. There are three different rides for cyclists, a 15, 30 and 50 mile route. The walk and run are a 5K. The event concludes with a celebration on the field.

Learn more about the event and register by visiting eaglesautismchallenge.org.

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