In celebrating Challenger’s 30th Birthday in 2019, we look back at some special moments to revisit. This post focuses on 3 ProBowl events at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI—2002, 2003, & 2004.
Challenger the Bald Eagle
In order to fund ongoing Bald Eagle conservation, the American Eagle Foundation conceived a plan that would create an endowment source to support this initiative for years to come.
American Eagle Foundation staff and Bald Eagle Challenger were guests at an impressive ceremony on June 28, 2007 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne talked about the dramatic recovery of the Bald Eagle to a group gathered to hear the announcement that the Bald Eagle was being removed from the Endangered Species List.
The special Tennessee license plate features the image of Challenger and is a needed source of revenue for the American Eagle Foundation. The plate can be purchased by Tennessee residents from their County Clerk.
There will never be another Challenger. This blog is dedicated to his life and the inspiration he has provided—and continues to provide—to millions of people in America and around the globe.
On July 2, 1999, Bald Eagle Challenger was an invited guest at the South Lawn of the White House as President Clinton announced plans to remove our nation’s National Symbol from the endangered species list.
Challenger makes first-ever free flight into a stadium on August 16, 1996 during the Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games in Atlanta.
Challenger’s First Time came on the night of April 4, 1997. The Atlanta Braves – the hottest baseball team of the 90s – had a new stadium, Turner Field, and this was their home opener! To honor the occasion, many celebrities were on hand, including former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, the Governor of Georgia, Zell Miller, and Hank Aaron—the greatest home-run hitter of all time!
2019 marked Challenger’s 15th year of involvement in the Horatio Alger Awards! It’s an honor to work with such a prestigious and generous organization!
If you haven’t been keeping a close eye on the American Eagle Foundation’s activities for a while, you have probably missed some important news!
On October 24th, 2018 Challenger was invited to participate in the the National Anthem Ceremonies. During an a cappella rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner performed by the singing group Veritas, Challenger was presented on Laura Sterbens’ glove. The evening was dedicated to celebrating our Veterans & Active Duty Military.
At the 2018 Celebrity Fight Night, Julia Cecere and Challenger wowed the crowd during the National Anthem.
When the Eagles went to the Superbowl, Radio Station WHYY decided to have a campaign to raise money for the American Eagle Foundation.
Challenger the eagle has become a source of inspiration and an unofficial mascot for fans of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Contributions to the American Eagle Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The AEF's tax identification number is 58-1652023.
Background photo ©Byron Jorjorian