What's your passionate Eagles story?
Rosie Poulshock fell in love with the Philadelphia Eagles after they won the 1960 Championship game. Her husband bought her season tickets in 1961 for their first anniversary. A South Philly season ticket holder for 54 years, she passed that rabid devotion on to her own children.
"Our mom rode the Eagles roller coaster of highs and lows for 54 years, every game from Franklin Field to the Vet to Lincoln Financial Field," says her son Marc. "She was in her stadium seat for every game. She was the kind of fan who wanted to fire the coach after a few losses. When her health was failing this summer, we contacted the team and they blew us away with how generously they treated my mom and our whole family. Our mom died in August at the age of 76 after a battle with peritoneal cancer and we wanted to do something meaningful to keep her legacy alive. We wanted to pass that generosity forward."
In honor of Rosie, her family has pledged to match every dollar contributed to Eagles Youth Partnership between today, Giving Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Dec. 31, 2014, up to $54,000 in celebration of those 54 years that Rosie had season tickets.
Those interested in giving in honor or in memory of a loved one can contribute online.
This matching initiative is called #DoubleDecember. The goal is to help level the playing field for thousands of disadvantaged children in the Greater Philadelphia region during this holiday season.
"Our mom fiercely loved the Eagles and at the end, she discovered that the team's devotion to her was as strong as her devotion to the team. That's what inspired us to pay it forward; it's a way to honor her legacy, her love of the Eagles and her city," said Marc Poulshock. "#DoubleDecember is our way of thanking the team for all they've shared with our family and also supporting area children in need in honor of our mother."
Eagles Linebacker Connor Barwin is also joining in and supporting this great initiative.
"Hearing about Rosie's story and her commitment to the Eagles is awesome," said Barwin. "I'm inspired by the generosity of her family and their desire to make a difference in the city of Philadelphia. That's what this time of year is all about. I'm honored to help spread the word about this campaign in support of Eagles Youth Partnership and Rosie's legacy."
One special element about #DoubleDecember is that you are encouraged to share your Eagles love story. After donating, you will not only receive a special digital thank you with Barwin's image, but you will also be invited to share the story of a dedicated Eagles fan. These stories will in turn be shared across Eagles Youth Partnership social media platforms.
To keep up with the #DoubleDecember, follow Eagles Youth Partnership across social media, and see how much money is raised and how many lives your generosity has truly changed.