To support #EaglesTBC and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Eagles and Eagles Care partner Family Lives On tie-dyed socks pink which will be worn by South Philadelphia High School's football team ...
On Monday, Beau Allen, Trey Burton, Bennie Logan and Mark Sanchez stepped onto the football field. However, the field was not their own and they were not the ones getting ready to work.
On their day off, the four Eagles joined members of the Family Lives On Foundation at South Philadelphia High School to tie-dye socks pink for the school's football team. The socks will be worn by the players this week during their Breast Cancer Awareness Game.
"We do something here with the Eagles just about every Monday after games called Community Monday. We reach out to a handful of different charitable organization here in Philly," Sanchez said. "This one happened to be with Family Lives On and South Philly High School, raising awareness for breast cancer. We're tie-dying some socks pink for their Thursday night game this week."
The Family Lives On Foundation, an Eagles Care partner for the 2015 season, aims to support "the emotional well-being of children whose mother or father has died." This specific community event offered a way for the Eagles to provide their support, all while working to raise awareness for breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, Pennsylvania has a projected 9,990 new cases of breast cancer this year, the fifth highest in the country, making the attention on this issue all the more important.
While the afternoon may have started quietly with the four players and members of Family Lives On, it quickly changed when the Rams took the field for their usual afternoon practice. They too wanted to jump in on the tie-dying fun, and soon everyone was working together on the project.
Hands everywhere were filled with socks, buckets of water, rubber bands and spray bottles filled with pink dye. After each pair of socks was made as pink as possible, it was put into a plastic bag, ready for the team to wear later in the week.
Once all the work was done, the football talk began.
"I think it's fun selfishly for us. It's a nostalgic feeling coming back to a high school football field," Sanchez said. "I remember running around all during the week getting ready for a Thursday night football game and playing in high school and stuff. It was great for us and great for the kids. They had a great time. We were throwing the ball around a little and helping out with their equipment for the game."
For Allen, Burton, Logan, Sanchez and all the players on the Eagles' roster, it's important to give back to the Philadelphia community. They enjoy doing their part on the field week in and week out, but they also do their best to help out off the field as well.
"Any time we get a chance to step out in the community and bring that Eagles logo we let them know that we're more than football players, we're humans," Sanchez said. "This kind of charitable stuff transcends that game that we play. It's important to us. We had a great turnout. We just try and help out when we can."