Children’s Harbor is a children’s hospital located about a block off the UAB campus, and it’s a place that the UAB football family has built a close relationship with. A quick scroll through the @ChildrensHarbor Twitter feed illustrates that close bond.
One of the many special things that Children’s Harbor does is provide treatment to seriously ill kids and their families at no-cost, which is incredible.
— Children's Harbor (@ChildrensHarbor) September 22, 2017
“Children’s Harbor has absolutely become a part of the Blazer family. I intend for this relationship to grow with our program. 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,” head coach Bill Clark shared in a UAB release.
— Children's Harbor (@ChildrensHarbor) September 25, 2017
Today, UAB shared a touching idea that will honor the kids of Children’s Harbor in a unique way. For their homecoming game vs. Louisiana Tech on October 7th, UAB will be featuring the names of Children’s Harbor patients on the back of their uniforms. After the game, those 100 game jerseys will be presented to each child and their family.
A special section of the staidum will be filled with Children’s Harbor families for the game, allowing them a temporary escape from the treatment and stress they have to endure daily.
A lot of high school programs do something similar to this with cancer awareness games, or military appreciation games, so it’s really cool to see UAB putting their own unique spin on this by honoring sick kids and their families that they’ve built a bond with.