This past Sunday, the Center for Autism Research at CHOP and the Philadelphia Eagles partnered up to host the 2nd Annual Huddle Up for Autism! It was a FREE family fun day and awareness event held at Lincoln Financial Field.
Dude was excited about Sunday not because he is an Eagles fan, but because he got to see cheerleaders! Every time we watch football games, he says, “Cheerleaders. No cheerleaders!” at least a dozen times (which means that he wants to see the cheerleaders and doesn’t particularly care about the action on the field).
Lucky for him, the cheerleaders were out in force on Sunday. Dude book-ended the day with photos with two groups of them.
There was so much going on at the event! In addition to cheerleaders, there were Eagles alumni players on hand to sign autographs and take photos, stadium tours, magic shows, balloon artists, face painting, moon bounces, obstacle courses, resource tables with information for parents and sensory-friendly crafts/activities for kids, and computer games specifically designed for kids on the spectrum.
Dude had a great time! We were afraid the event might be a little loud for him, but he was smiling and taking everything in stride throughout the day. We were particularly surprised by how excited he was for the stadium tour. He really liked that he got to walk through the stadium and onto the field.
Here are some photos from the day! Remember how I said trying to get Dude to a) look at the camera and b) smile is a bit of an adventure? Well, these pictures are photographic evidence.