NFCA & Flyers Bring Awareness to Celiac Disease on January 19th

NFCA & Flyers Bring Awareness to Celiac Disease on January 19th I love to see large organizations like the Philadelphia Flyers get behind organizations like NFCA to spread the word about Celiac Disease.  Of course I grew up going to Flyers games watching the Broad Street Bullies in action so I do have a soft spot for them.  Love the Flyers and Love NFCA.

If you go to the game and you eat gluten free, good news is you can buy concessions.  How cool is that!  If you’re not familiar with the NFCA then I suggest you visit their website and see all of the resources they have there.  Maybe you’re just trying a gluten free diet because you’ve been feeling really bad and no one can figure out what’s wrong.  You heard something about gluten free but you’re not sure.  Check out the Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist.  Look around their website for information on how to get tested and diagnosed.  Then look through their resources for links to blogs like this one and many more.

If you make it to the game, I’d love to hear back from you.  Go Flyers!

News Release:

The Philadelphia Flyers will raise awareness for celiac disease when the team hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Wachovia Center on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m.  The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) will help the Flyers educate fans about celiac disease through informational booths on the concourse, public service announcements, and facts about celiac disease throughout the game on the center hung score board.

“The Flyers are committed to raising awareness and education for celiac disease.  Celiac disease is an important issue that affects too many,” said Shawn Tilger, Flyers Senior Vice President of Business Operations.  “We are proud to partner with the NFCA to promote community awareness for celiac disease and know that our fans will support us in this endeavor.”

Flyers fans can also enjoy gluten-free food at the concession stand located behind section 122 at the Wachovia Center.  This special gluten-free concession stand is available for all Flyers, 76ers, and Wachovia Center events throughout the year and offers a wide variety of gluten-free food and beverages.

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and lip balms.  As doctors become more aware of the many varied symptoms of the disease and reliable blood tests become more available, diagnosis rates are increasing.

Tickets to all Flyers home games, including the Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m. (Toyota orange crush hat giveaway); the Flyers vs. New York Rangers on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m.; the Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, January 23 at 1 p.m.; the Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m.; and the Flyers vs. Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m., are on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX at or calling 1-800-298-4200. For more information on the Flyer’s Celiac Awareness Night, including details on discounted tickets visit the Event Page.

NFCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for celiac disease that will facilitate research, education and screening amongst medical professionals, children and adults. Visit or call 215-325-1306 for further information.


Nancy Ginter
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
215-325-1306, ext. 101

Contact: Shauna Adams

Philadelphia Flyers

Ph: (215) 952-5730

4 Responses to NFCA & Flyers Bring Awareness to Celiac Disease on January 19th

  1. gfe--gluten free eas January 17, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    That is cool! We sure could have used one of those gluten-free concession stands when we attended the Raiders game.

    Happy Sunday, Diane!


    • Diane January 17, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

      Shirley- Oh how great that would have been to have GF concessions. I hope they will be a standard in the near future. So, where will our next game be?


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