by Maria Qureshi
It’s been six months since we started our Care Partnership with the Philadelphia Eagles, and it’s the perfect time to check in on the progress we’re making together. As proud Philadelphians who take their commitment to the community seriously, the Philadelphia Eagles believe there is no off-season to good citizenship. That’s why each month, members of the Eagles administration share professional expertise with our staff on topics like marketing, corporate sales, videography and social media—while Eagles players bring their muscle and energy to Habitat projects and events across the city. And they’ve been busy!
Eagles players Emmanuel Acho and Earl Wolff were key players for us on Veterans’ Day last November, when they joined veteran volunteers for a day of construction work at our Point Breeze homebuilding project. They worked side-by-side with volunteers from veteran groups Got Your 6, The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon and the Pat Tillman Foundation, pushing forward on the future homes of six Habitat partner families. Acho said he appreciated the opportunity to show the veterans just what their service to the community meant to him. “It was an awesome experience, just being able to work with veterans and helping for a greater cause,” Acho said in an article on the Eagles website. “Now, after their [military] service, they’re able to continue serving their community, first and foremost.”
Also last November, Mychal Kendricks and Chris Polk made an appearance at our Young Professionals’ annual Habi-Hour in Center City, drawing crowds, working the room and helping our Young Professionals raise over $7,000 for Habitat. We loved having these guys with us at such a successful event!
Eagles players helped us end the year on a high note in December. Mark Sanchez, Connor Barwin, Beau Allen, Swoop and Cheerleaders joined our staff, volunteers and partner families to welcome the Moore-Bonfante family into their new Habitat home in South Philadelphia, just in time for the holidays. Rhonda, the new homeowner, couldn’t have been more excited to finally move in. “Home means heart, it means warmth, it means stability,” she said in a fantastic video produced by the Eagles. “My husband and I and my son were out here together working on the construction—and that’s a good feeling, when you’ve invested in your own house with labor.”
The celebration kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the family’s new house, and Rhonda, the new homeowner, had a special request—for one of the players to carry her through the front door! Sanchez and Barwin looked over to Allen, who rolled up his sleeves, tucked in his shirt and—the perfect gentleman—made sure that Rhonda entered her house for the first time in true style.
Just last week, the Eagles welcomed Habitat to the NovaCare Complex for a special event thanking Table Captains at this year’s Building HOPE Luncheon on Tuesday, April 28. The evening featured strategy talks by special teams coaches and a surprise chance to help welcome DeMarco Murray as the newest member of the team–what a way to build excitement for the Building HOPE Luncheon! Click here to reserve your seat or table.
It’s been a great ride so far, and we can’t wait to continue partnering with the Philadelphia Eagles in fun and creative ways over the next six months of our partnership!