Battle of the Birds is back this Friday night

Photo courtesy of Rod James Battle of the Birds
Photo courtesy of Rod James Battle of the Birds

This Friday the Philadelphia Eagles return to Hamburg for the Battle of the Birds at 7 p.m. at the Hamburg Area High School gymnasium.

Select players from the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Hamburg Hawks, a team made up of some of the best local athletes in the Hamburg Area School District including teachers, administrators and coaches. Past players for the visiting Eagles have included DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Brent Celek, King Dunlap and Todd Herremans. This years players are still a secret.

Fans will be able to see a unique sporting event featuring professional football players on the court against familiar faces from the community while supporting a great cause that goes back to the students. The event is presented by the Hamburg Area Education Foundation which is an independent, not-for-profit organization developed to cultivate opportunities to advance scholarly, creative and person excellence in the Hamburg Area School District. Proceeds from Battle of the Birds help provide education grant opportunities for both students and adults in the school district.

Not only will fans be able to see the players, they will also be able to get some rare signatures during an autograph session after the game. For those who think they are up to the challenge, spots on the Hawks are available for a cost. Past events have brought more than a thousand attendees at the game.


The goals of the HAEF are to enhance educational opportunities for students, to encourage and support innovative educators, to build community involvement through a wide range of educational initiatives and to strengthen the commitment of alumni support in academic programs. HAEF provides awards for programs and purposes that do not fall under district and state financial obligations helping to keep and start programs that otherwise would be much more difficult.

For more information on the Battle of the Birds and the foundation, visit

Remember to come out and support at least one of your home teams this Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Hamburg Area High School gymnasium.

About the Author

Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.