The American Eagle Foundation’s trained non-releasable bald eagle “Challenger” will free-fly during the presentation of the Star Spangled Banner right before Game 3 of the World Series on Friday evening (Oct. 27, 2017) between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX.
Challenger the Bald Eagle
Challenger has a busy schedule during the Fall. Check out recent stadium appearances Fall 2017.
Southwest is honored to be a part of Challenger’s Team as he gears up to take flight.
After a much-needed, month-long break, Challenger took flight once again at the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
During October and November, 2016, Challenger has been making appearances in many stadiums and convention centers throughout the United States.
An eagle release, outreach, and grand openings added to a busy Fall 2016 schedule for AEF.
Challenger wrapped up 2015 with a momentous and impressive flight on New Years Eve at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. After a month of rest, we embarked upon another busy travel season, flying and driving all over the country with Challenger and a couple other of our Bald Eagles to educate the public and inspire them to preserve this majestic species.
Millions of race fans from around the world got a very brief glimpse of the celebrity Bald Eagle “Challenger” as he soared over Turn One at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the singing of God Bless America (Indianapolis Children’s Choir) before the start of the Indy 500’s 100th Running race on Memorial Day Weekend.
2015 marks Challenger’s 20th Anniversary free-flying at various sporting events, conventions, and trade shows around the country! Check out what Challenger has been up to during the Fall of 2015!
On Sunday December 13th at 8 p.m., Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry will host an exclusive Holiday Benefit Show featuring American Idol’s Clark Beckham, singer/songwriter James Rogers, and the famous free-flying Bald Eagle Challenger. VIP Tickets are selling for $125 (100% of VIP ticket proceeds support the non-profit AEF and can be claimed as a tax-deductible donation).
Before Challenger soars around the stadium for his stirring portion of the pregame routine, the Bald Eagle takes the same trip upstairs as many fans heading to the upper deck. He rides the elevator.
The partnership between the American Eagle Foundation and Field & Stream began in the summer of 2013. Through the end of 2015, the AEF has participated in the Grand Openings of 17 Field & Stream stores, accompanied by Bald Eagles Challenger, Mr. Lincoln, and Spirit.
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