By CBS3 Staff


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Phillies owner John Middleton and his wife, Leigh Middleton, have donated $100,000 to the Eagles Autism Challenge. The Eagles Autism Challenge is a one-day bike ride and family-friendly 5K run/walk that begins and ends at Lincoln Financial Field.

This year’s challenge will be held on Saturday, May 18.

There is also a virtual participant option for those who want to fundraise but are unable to ride, run or walk on event day.

“The Eagles are a world-class organization both on and off the field and we are proud to be part of their effort to drive autism research and improve the lives of millions of people around the world,” John Middleton said.

“John and I are honored to support the Eagles Autism Challenge and our friends, the Lurie’s, with their incredible movement to advance scientific breakthroughs and establish Philadelphia as the center for autism research,” said Leigh Middleton.

One hundred percent of the contributed funds will be offered to new and existing Eagles Autism Challenge participants through the Middleton Matching Gift Challenge. The first $100,000 in online donations will be matched, dollar for dollar.

“On behalf of my family and the Philadelphia Eagles, I would like to graciously thank John and Leigh for their extreme generosity and commitment, not just to the Eagles Autism Challenge but to the autism community,” said Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles chairman and CEO. “A contribution like this says a lot about someone’s character, thoughtfulness and compassion for others. John and Leigh are admired humanitarians who, together, have made a deep and profound philanthropic impact in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Our hope is that the Middleton’s generosity will inspire leadership support and further position our city as a base for autism research.”

The Middleton Matching Gift Challenge is the sixth Eagles Autism Challenge matching gift of the year, with an expected grand total of $760,000 to be matched by the end of the week.

To learn more about the Eagles Autism Challenge, click here.