Not too long ago, the Eagles and Phillies shared Veterans Stadium. Now, they've joined together again in the fight against breast cancer.
At a press conference yesterday morning at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Eagles announced their partnership with the Phillies as part of a unique effort to raise money and awareness for the Jefferson Breast Care Center.
"Working with the Philadelphia Phillies was natural," said Eagles president Joe Banner, who attended along with Phillies president David Montgomery and other members of each organization. "Both teams share a strong commitment to the community. We wanted to do something unique for our partner, Jefferson, the city of Philadelphia, and our fans, and with the help of our neighbors I think we've achieved that."
The two teams have released limited-edition, co-licensed T-shirts, featuring both Phillies and Eagles logos, to be sold only in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The shirts are $20 and can be purchased online (at phillies.com and philadelphiaeagles.com) or at Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field. All of the proceeds will be used to help enhance the Jefferson Breast Care Center.
"Through this new partnership with the Eagles, we have the opportunity to take our support of breast-cancer awareness and fundraising beyond Mother's Day and into the month of October," Montgomery said. "It is our hope that through this collective effort, sports fans will join together, like our teams have, to help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer."
The Eagles already have raised more than $1 million during the past six seasons as part of their Tackling Breast Cancer Campaign. And when Banner approached Montgomery about a potential partnership a month ago, he was more than happy to oblige.
"It's a great day for us," said Tom Lewis, the president of Jefferson Hospitals. "Usually we work with the Eagles on tackling breast cancer [in October]. So when they came to us and said we're working on something with the Phillies, who are our other partners, we were thrilled."