Autism-Friendly Skating Event at Flight on Ice Aids Eagles Foundation


Philadelphia Eagles mascot Swoop gets some time on the ice at Flight on Ice in Newtown Square.
Image via Fox 29.
The Eagles Autism Foundation benefitted from an autism-friendly skating event last Tuesday at Flight on Ice in Newtown Square.

Autism and the Eagles Autism Foundation were on the minds of ice skaters Tuesday evening at Flight on Ice in Newtown Square.

Many Delaware County families turned out to raise money for the Eagles Autism Foundation at the autism-friendly skating event, writes Dawn Timmeney for Fox 29.

“A lot of times at a skating rink, you’re gonna hear loud music blaring, a lot of commotion. This is a silent night,” said Chris Romanelli, Flight Entertainment’s director of Operations.

There were headphones for those who wanted music, he added.

Romanelli, an Eagles season ticket holder for 31 years, saw some of the challenges his neighbor’s child faces who has autism, and he wanted to do something to raise money for the Eagles foundation.

Flight Entertainment donated 50 percent of its proceeds that evening to the Foundation.

Liane Bui said her 11-year-old son Justin, who has autism, was excited to be at the skating event.

“I think any activity for them is very beneficial for them,” she said.

This is the second year Flight on Ice has held an autism-friendly skating experience for the Eagles Autism Foundation. Another night is scheduled for Jan. 11.

Find out more about this unique skating event at Fox 29.

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