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A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Gears Up for Second Eagles Autism Challenge — With Free Registration for Faculty and Staff

Nov 13, 2018

Drexel students who participated in last year's Eagles Autism Challenge event.
Drexel students who participated in last year's Eagles Autism Challenge event.

Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge bike ride and 5K run/walk to benefit local institutions making great strides in autism research — including Drexel University’s very own A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. The inaugural event raised $2.5 million, and Drexel received $805,000 to fund future research.

Now, the Eagles are hosting the benefit competition for the second year in a row, on May 18 at Lincoln Financial Field — and the University will once again be one of the main beneficiaries.

Drexel faculty and staff have the opportunity to join “Team Drexel University” to participate and raise funds — President John Fry completed last year’s Eagles Autism Challenge — and can choose to run, walk or bike ride. Dragons employed by the University can use the promo code Drexel19 to waive their registration fee. The full registration cost will be covered for both the $50 fee for the 5K run and ride as well as the $150 fee for the 15-,30- and 50-mile bike ride.

“We here at Drexel are so excited to be a part of the second annual Eagles Autism Challenge!” said Meredith Bloom, project manager of philanthropic initiatives in the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. “This has been an amazing opportunity to partner with our favorite World Champions and the other beneficiaries, CHOP and Jefferson, to support autism research in Philadelphia and beyond! We are very grateful to be a part of the 2019 Challenge and are thrilled to have a strong Drexel representation once again.”

In case you have any trouble signing up to join Team Drexel and use the special promo code, check out the screenshot examples below. Contact Bloom at with any questions.