There is nothing more fun than a festive party to get in the holiday spirit!
On Tuesday, December 13, members of the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County and the Chester Panthers Youth Empowerment & Athletic Association joined Eagles rookies at Lincoln Financial Field for a party filled with holiday-themed activities.
"It was really awesome for the Eagles to organize this event where the kids can enjoy this moment during the holiday times," defensive tackle Moro Ojomo said. "It all felt very loving and caring."
There were nine activation stations set up for the 150 kids that included cookie and ornament decorating, a bounce house, arcade games, a cheer clinic, and more.
Quarterback Tanner McKee and linebacker Ben VanSumeren went all in on the decorating, designing cookies and ornaments with the boys and girls.
Safety Sydney Brown and running back Lew Nichols channeled their competitive spirit and played members of each organization in Pop-A-Shot basketball and air hockey.
Cornerback Mekhi Garner and wide receiver Joseph Ngata signed autographs while arm wrestling with players from the Chester Panthers.
The Boys and Girls Club of Camden County's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need the most help, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
"This is an amazing pre-Christmas gift," said LaToya Spencer, COO of the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County. "I wish people could be here to see the kids running around, high-fiving SWOOP, cheering with the Eagles Cheerleaders, and interacting with the players."
The Chester Panthers, who brought players from various age groups, along with their cheerleading squad, were able to have an enjoyable evening of one-of-a-kind experiences.
The organization strives to create a culture that ingrains the importance of integrity, structure, and discipline to the youth in our program through organized sports.
Nearly 29 percent of the Chester, Pennsylvania, population lives below the poverty line, which is more than double the national average (12.6 percent).
"This was a great Christmas present for our organization," said Andrea Bailey, a team mom for the Panthers' 8-year-old-and-under team. "This shows our kids that you can become what you want to be. It means a lot to me and to our team that the Eagles invited us. This is the stuff that makes my heart warm."
The boys and girls came away from the event with pictures, autographs, and everlasting memories from a night they will not soon forget.