The Eagles Autism Challenge, which was postponed earlier this year, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, the team announced in a press release.
The third annual Autism Challenge was initially scheduled for May 16 but was postponed because of coronavirus concerns.
The Eagles, in the release, say that if circumstances prevent an in-person event on Sept. 26, it will move to an all-virtual format. So it sounds like the event will happen on Sept. 26 — either in South Philly or virtually.
The Eagles host the Bengals at home on Sept. 27 at 1 p.m.
If the Autism Challenge is able to take place in person, the event will be changed from previous years because of COVID-19. Several events will feature staggered start times, the finish line has been moved from the field to the perimeter of Lincoln Financial Field and the post-ride celebration will be virtual instead of on the field.
There will also be other precautions taken, including mandatory masks for staff members, hand sanitizer stations and individually-wrapped food and beverages.
The team says any additional safety precautions will be communicated to participants before the date of the event.
“While the overall Eagles Autism Challenge experience that we have all grown accustomed to over the years will look a little different in September, our commitment to the autism community and dedication to funding the most innovative autism research will not change,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement.
“Like many in our communities, families and individuals with autism have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They need our support now more than ever. As we turn to Saturday, September 26, we look forward to providing a safe environment for all participants and celebrating yet another transformational day with everyone.”
Since its start in 2018, the Eagles Autism Challenge has become the Eagles’ signature fundraising event. Since 2018, it has raised over $9 million for autism research and programs.
Last year’s event had about 4,000 participants and raised over $3.3 million.
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