17th Annual Hometown Huddle at NCS

An Incredible Opportunity from Philadelphia Eagles and the United Way. THANK YOU!

On Tuesday, October 20th, the Philadelphia Eagles and United Way stopped by Northern Children’s Services campus in Roxborough for their 17th Annual Hometown Huddle Day of Service.  During this community event, Northern Children’s Services was honored with a $20,000 Hometown Huddle grant and $5,000 NFL Play Grant.  

See more photos of the event on our Facebook page by clicking here.

Kevin Dow, Vice President of Impact and Innovation for United Way said, “Our work here today supports two key building points of success – good health and quality education.  By providing a safe place and a fun place for children and youth to exercise with our partners, like the Philadelphia Eagles and Northern Children’s Services, we can help ensure that our children thrive in school and in life.” Hometown-Huddle-Check-Presentation

Don Smolenski, President of the Philadelphia Eagles, said, “Our gathering here today is more than just a grant presentation and football field revitalization, it’s about one large community coming together and working alongside one another to create a better future for our youth and young adults.”

Renata Cobbs-Fletcher, President and CEO of Northern Children’s Services thanked both the Philadelphia Eagles and United Way for this amazing opportunity, saying, “Thank you the Philadelphia Eagles and the United Way for choosing Northern for their 17th Annual Hometown Huddle Day of Service. The Philadelphia Eagles and United Way truly understand the importance of community as we do at Northern, and the importance of children, youth and families.”

After the check presentation, Northern Children’s Services was given three pieces of equipment to line their football field, otherwise referred to as Connell Field.  Volunteers, staff, children and community members all took part in lining the fields.  If that wasn’t exciting enough, Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles stopped by to sign autographs, give high fives and take selfies with all of the children, youth and families who came to support this event.  Over 100 children and families stood in line to get an autograph and Sanchez made sure to stay and sign for each and every one of them.  Overall, it was an incredible event for Northern Children’s Services and the entire Roxborough community and we, at Northern, are extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity and honor.  Go Eagles!

Check out some photos and an article from the Philadelphia Eagles by clicking here.  Learn more about the Hometown Huddle grant and mission for United Way and the NFL to build the healthy development of children by clicking here.

To see the news coverage surrounding this awesome event, head over to our “NCS in the News” page. 


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