The AEF’s eagle Challenger and staff were busy as usual during the 2012 football season. Beginning with an appearance at the Titans vs Steelers Game in Nashville on October 11, other venues followed at a fast pace.
Challenger the Bald Eagle
On November 28, 2012, Al Cecere, Founder and President of the American Eagle Foundation, was honored on the GAC national cable network’s Great American Heroes TV show hosted by country music artist Trace Adkins. Al was recognized for his 30 years of dedication and accomplishments contributing to the rebound of our National Symbol, the Bald Eagle, through his passionate work at the AEF.
On November 14, 2012, Independence Bank of Kentucky sponsored a challenge for their employees to come up with ways to give back to the local community. Ideas had to be self-sustaining, with the goal of continuing to give back to the community for a long time to come.
Rising to their feet in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., more than 67,000 spectators cover their hearts with their palms as the West Point Military Academy Glee Club begins to sing The Star-Spangled Banner. Young members of the Southwest Iowa Honor Marching Band, clad in blue jeans and white T-shirts, scurry across the football field, quickly unfurling a giant American flag until it gently waves like a red, white and blue ocean above the turf.
Challenger, a rescued Bald Eagle unaffiliated with Auburn, flies before Monday’s BCS national championship (Jan. 10, 2011).
Titans quarterback Kerry Collins and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning aren’t the only ones hoping to put on impressive aerial shows tonight at LP Field. Before either player takes a snap, Challenger, the popular bald eagle named in honor of the lost space shuttle crew, will soar over the field during the playing of the national anthem.
Nashville, TN Nov. 21, 2010 — Challenger, the Bald Eagle, was presented during The Charlie Daniels Band’s performance of In America at the Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman auditorium Saturday, November 20, 2010.
Al Cecere and ‘Challenger’ were guests on Fox and Friends in NYC to commemorate Veterans Day.
The Boston College Eagles won’t be the only eagles in town this weekend.
A Bald Eagle flew through the assembled crowd at the Interior Department’s Sidney Yates auditorium Friday morning, marking the unconventional start to a memorial honoring the late director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sam Hamilton. Hamilton, who died unexpectedly at the age of 54 during a ski trip in February, focused during his 30 years of federal service on conserving what his former colleague Jamie Rappaport Clark called “critters and special places.”
Pigeon Forge, Tenn – You may think Peyton Manning or Mark Sanchez were the stars of the AFC Championship game, but another undeniable star shone brightly that Sunday…the celebrity bald eagle Challenger.
Challenger’s remarkable journey provides inspiration. In an article by Bob Hatcher, the reader is taken from Challenger’s Humble Beginnings in 1989, when he was blown out of a nest in southern Louisiana, to the most recognized and famous Bald Eagle in America.
Soaring over a sea of orange, Challenger made a spectacular appearance at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN before the game between the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University.
New York, NY-November 12, 2009: Russell Simmons, Celebrity American Bald Eagle “Challenger”, Supermodels Heidi Albertsen and Julie Henderson, Miss Tanzania, Kosovo and Albania, Justine and Russy Simmons were on hand Tuesday night to help raise funds for Life Project for Africa.
Al Cecere, founder and president of the American Eagle Foundation, along with famous Bald Eagle Challenger appeared on Fox and Friends News today in commemoration of Veterans Day.
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