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Philadelphia Eagles and Saint Joseph's University Announce New Partnership

Student-development program and collaboration around autism initiatives headline "Official Higher Education Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles" agreement.

Barbelin Hall lit up green in support of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Spring 2024

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The Philadelphia Eagles and Saint Joseph’s University, a distinguished academic institution with deep roots throughout the region, have agreed on a multi-year partnership that will designate the school as the Official Higher Education Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles.

As part of the new agreement, the Eagles and Saint Joseph’s will establish a student-development program in which students will participate in defined internships, associate roles and game-day positions designed to provide valuable experience in many facets of sports marketing. A lecture series, led by members of the Eagles front office, will engage students across various curricula and extend to other members of the University community. The Eagles will assign annual projects, allowing students to engage in strategic initiatives within the organization to help cultivate the skills and experience needed in the sports industry.

“We are proud to welcome Saint Joseph’s as the Official Higher Education Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Brian Napoli, senior vice president of corporate partnerships, Philadelphia Eagles. “Saint Joseph’s is a highly accredited, top-ranked institution widely regarded for its commitment to academic excellence and preparing students for professional success. We look forward to advancing the careers of those in our region, and supporting the Philadelphia community, through our partnership.”

“This agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles allows Saint Joseph’s to advance our commitment to student success across our various schools and disciplines,” said James Carter, PhD, interim provost. “We are honored to partner with an esteemed NFL organization to offer our students exceptional learning experiences.”

The partnership will also include a collaboration between the Eagles Autism Foundation and the Kinney Center around experiential learning, neurodiverse employment and funding opportunities.

“Joining the efforts of our trailblazing Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support with those of the inspiring Eagles Autism Foundation will have an immense impact on the field of autism and those affected by it,” said Cheryl A. McConnell, PhD, president of Saint Joseph’s. “We are proud to join with an organization so embedded in the region with a like-minded mission of community engagement.”

Saint Joseph’s University will receive a prominent branding presence at Lincoln Financial Field through in-game signage.