In honor of the National Football League's centennial season, the NFL launched NFL 100, a series of events, initiatives and programming to celebrate players, legends, communities and fans. As part of NFL 100, the league is inviting fans, players, clubs and employees to join Huddle for 100, an effort to inspire one million people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time to make meaningful contributions to their communities.
One way for people to make a direct impact is to participate in the Club Huddles taking place in their local markets. Over the next year, all 32 NFL teams will be hosting club huddles to address a wide variety of causes, while bringing together communities in the spirit of service. The Eagles are excited to announce that their first Club Huddle will take place at the second annual Eagles Autism Challenge on Saturday, May 18th at Lincoln Financial Field
Autism is the largest developmental disorder in the world, being identified at a rate of one in 59 children in the United States today. The need to assist families touched by autism has increased significantly over the years due to its growing prevalence, yet autism continues to be underfunded, misunderstood and under-researched.
The Eagles are committed to supporting cutting-edge research that will provide answers and guidance for families of children with autism. In September 2017, Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie announced the launch of the Eagles Autism Challenge, a one-day bike ride and family-friendly 5K run/walk that contributes 100 percent of participant-raised funds to world-class institutions conducting innovative autism research in Philadelphia. The inaugural event, held in May 2018, raised in excess of $2.5 million, included the participation of more than 3,300 bikers, runners and walkers, and featured 24,700 donors from 20 countries.
Volunteers are an essential part of making this event a success and are encouraged to join this Huddle by registering here. By volunteering, fans have the chance to win a variety of prizes when they track their participation on social media using #EaglesHuddlefor100.
The NFL will drive a season-long competition between clubs by awarding monthly community-focused prizes to top-ranking clubs based on their number of volunteer minutes. One community-focused grand prize at the end of the season will be awarded to the club with the most fan and player participation. Fans are encouraged to boost their favorite team's volunteer minutes and help them win by volunteering and using their team's Huddle for 100 hashtag.
Additional ways to make an impact through Huddle for 100:
In addition to the Eagles' Club Huddles, Huddle for 100 includes three other types of "huddles" in which fans can get involved.
• National Huddles: The NFL will host a series of national huddles during major milestones such as the Draft and Super Bowl, each with a unique theme focusing on giving back to the community in an impactful way.
• DoSomething Huddles: The NFL is also teaming up with DoSomething.org, the largest not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change in the US, so younger fans can get involved in volunteer campaigns from anywhere around the world.
• Personal Huddles: Fans can also participate by volunteering for a cause of their choice and sharing their individual volunteer efforts on social media using #EaglesHuddlefor100. Fans can begin participating in Huddle for 100 by visiting www.nfl.com/huddlefor100 to sign up for volunteer opportunities with DoSomething.org or by sharing their personal huddles and individual volunteer efforts on social media.
Throughout the Huddle for 100 initiative, the NFL will give participating fans the chance to win a variety of prizes, including game tickets, team gear or a monetary donation to a charity they select when they track their participation on the Huddle for 100 website. Fans can also share their volunteer efforts on social media using both the #EaglesHuddlefor100 and #Sweepstakes hashtags.
Details about future national, club and DoSomething huddles will be announced throughout the NFL100 campaign leading up to the final and largest national huddle at Super Bowl LIV in Miami in February 2020.