Eagles receive international recognition for community service

Posted: December 08, 2011

The Eagles have been named sports team of the year by an international organization that recognizes teams' efforts in their communities.

Beyond Sport, which promotes using sports as a route to social change, honored the Eagles for the team's Youth Partnership, which provides eye care and mentoring programs to needy children, its Tackling Breast Cancer campaign, and Go Green environmental initiatives.

"When Jeffrey and I first bought the Eagles, we quickly understood that we had a very important platform with the team," said team co-owner Christina Lurie, referring to her husband and co-owner. "We saw that we could leverage our brand and our resources for social impact off the field. We also wanted to give back to our community of unbelievably loyal fans."

The Eagles Youth Partnership helps more than 50,000 children a year, the team said, while Tackling Breast Cancer has raised more than $1.6 million for cancer research. As part of the Go Green campaign, the team plans to install solar panels that can help power the stadium.

"We live in a community of incredible determination and heart, and that's the attitude we bring to making a positive difference in the community where we live," Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement.

"When you have a very frustrating year on the field, like we're having, you just have to work even harder to make things right," Christina Lurie said. "Community investment is right up there with winning a championship, so this award is a wonderful recognition of also wanting to make things change for the better."

The Eagles, a finalist for the award last year, beat out programs sponsored by the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and English Premier League soccer teams Liverpool and Manchester City.

The award winners were chosen by a panel chaired by former British prime minister Tony Blair.


Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari 215-854-5214, jtamari@phillynews.com or @JonathanTamari on Twitter.

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