With our 20th Playground Build coming this Spring, the Eagles remain proud of this core project rooted in the belief that every child deserves a safe place to play and learn. Vibrant school playgrounds improve attendance, increase activity, reduce injuries and violence both in the play yard and in the classroom, while increasing parent engagement and building community. We build playgrounds to invest in our children and the future of Philadelphia.
The annual community-changing playground build teams the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization, including players, coaches, and staff members, with a Philadelphia school community to transform the barren asphalt school yard into a beautiful and imaginative safe space for play and recreation. The project includes installation of a large play structure, a mini Eagles turf field, colorful murals and mosaic tables.
Since 2008, the Eagles have expanded the reach of the team’s annual Playground Build to include a service project which starts several months before any concrete is poured. For two months prior to the build, first graders from the Playground School join their Eagles staff “Reading Buddies” weekly at Lincoln Financial Field to work on their reading skills. Relationships are formed among the first graders and approximately 45 Eagles staff volunteers leading up to build day where the buddies are reunited to paint murals and transform the school together.