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The NFL, Eagles, and Special Olympics Pennsylvania hosted a Unified Flag Football game with local Special Olympics athletes on Tuesday, Sept. 4th at the NovaCare Center during the 2018 NFL Kickoff week.

Fifty athletes from Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware counties were excited to receive pointers from some of the Eagles players that included wide receivers Mack Hollins, Rashard Davis, Greg Ward, Jr., and Shelton Gibson.

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The evening featured a Unified Flag Football game, skills and drills stations for all attending athletes, and special appearances by the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders and mascot Swoop.

"For anyone, this is a world class, once-in-a-lifetime kind of dream experience, to come here to the home of the Eagles and get to play in their facility," said Matt Aaron, Special Olympics PA President & CEO.

The NFL and Special Olympics announced a national partnership in 2017 with the goal of providing opportunities for athletes of all abilities to 'PLAY 60' through the expansion of Special Olympics Unified Flag Football. Through the NFL-Special Olympics partnership, funding supports fifteen (15) Special Olympics Programs across the country which include Massachusetts, Illinois, Northern California, Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Missouri, Florida, Michigan, and Louisiana.

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Check Out Event Media Coverage:

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Eagles’ Shelton Gibson inspired by ‘just seeing the passion’ of Special Olympics flag football players

6 ABC

Philadelphia Eagles host Special Olympics flag football game at NovaCare Center

CBS Philly

Eagles Host Special Olympics Flag Football Event