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Challenger the Bald Eagle
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.
Challenger flew magnificently over a field-sized United States flag at Lincoln Financial Field in the 2018 NFC Championship Game.
On September 20, 2017, Bald Eagle Challenger and AEF staff traveled to Springfield, MO to help celebrate the opening of Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
In his 11th appearance at a World Series game, Bald Eagle Challenger rocked the house with a perfect flight during the National Anthem.
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