Eagles Youth Partnership made a commitment to chess in the Philadelphia schools beginning in 2003 through a grant to After School Activities Partnership in support of chess clubs and supplies.
On April 30, 2013, local chess students and Eagles players participated in the 10th Annual Eagles Chess Tournament on Tuesday at Lincoln Financial Field’s SCA Club. The event was sponsored by ASAP (After School Activities Partnerships) and the Eagles Youth Partnership.
This partnership of Eagles Youth Partnership, ASAP (After-School Activities Partnership) and the Philadelphia Chess Challenge encourages chess play in Philadelphia Public Schools with the goal of enhancing children's critical and strategic thinking skills. There is strong evidence that chess builds a variety of skills including reading, analysis, decision making and self control, while it enhances self esteem.
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Since 1997, Eagles Youth Partnership has partnered with fellow non-profit organization Philadelphia Futures whose goal is to help kids do well in school while preparing them for college and careers, to recognize more than 1,000 scholar-athletes for their academic excellence. Annually, varsity high school football players from areas such as Allentown, Camden, Chester, Philadelphia and Reading who maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are invited to an awards ceremony and reception at the NovaCare Complex with their families and football coaches.
Each year, the Eagles head coach and an Eagles player address and recognize these outstanding high school scholar-athletes at an awards ceremony at the Eagles practice facility. Each student receives a Top Achievers polo shirt, an autographed Eagles football and a certificate commemorating their excellent scholastic achievements. The high school football player with the highest academic average from each school also spends a day as a VIP guest at Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp at Lehigh University, watching practice from the sidelines, carrying a players gear off of the field with them, and finally having lunch with the team.
Eagles Youth Partnership has invested more than $500,000 in literacy grants in support of the 100 Book Challenge program in the School District of Philadelphia. As added incentive, EYP hosts an annual Reading Champions Celebration at the NovaCare Complex to honor the twenty top performing 100 Book Challenge Schools. The representing children are recognized with medals, certificates and books and their schools and site coordinators are honored with banners and autographed footballs.
Across the street from Lincoln Financial Field gleams one of the three largest murals in the world. This mural gives voice to those who often have no say - children in our city. Eagles Youth Partnership commissioned "Moving Toward Your Dreams," and mural arts department artist Don Gensler engaged 250 city kids in the concept, design and painting of it. Along this 856 foot long wall, a child runs through a series of images of other children engaged in their dreams -- dancing, reading, looking through a telescope -- before he jumps into the sky - into his future. Where he lands is up to all of us.