BIRMINGHAM, ALA. - The UAB Football Team, through the direction of Head Coach Bill Clark, adopted Children’s Harbor as their community charity in 2016. To honor this special bond between the team and seriously ill children serviced through Children’s Harbor, Coach Clark has endorsed that all 100 team members will have the name of a child, in memory or honor, on the back of their homecoming jersey during the game on Saturday, October 7th, at Legion Field.
“Children’s Harbor has absolutely become part of the Blazer family. I intend for this relationship to grow with our program,” Clark said. “As we build, there will be even more we can do to provide encouragement and a positive distraction to support the terrific work Children’s Harbor does.”
The mission of Children’s Harbor fulfilled the Character Development pillar of Coach Clark’s Six Pillars of Football Excellence. Children’s Harbor serves seriously ill children and their families through unique, no-cost services at the Family Center in downtown Birmingham, and at the camp facility at Lake Martin in Alexander City, AL. Children’s Harbor operates out of the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children.
“The joy and enthusiasm that Coach Clark and the UAB players bring to the Children’s Harbor families is palpable and brings a level of healing that is truly beyond our ability alone,” Children’s Harbor CEO, Myrle Grate said.
A section of the Legion Field stadium will be filled with honored Children’s Harbor families to cheer on the 100 players participating in this heartfelt project. For these families to be together in a joyful, carefree setting allows them to put aside --for a few hours-- the everyday realities of doctor visits, stress, and fatigue that come with caring for a child who has a serious or chronic illness. The Honorary Coaches of the UAB Football Program will host the families at the pre-game gathering in their tailgate tent.