One of the most important things we do at the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl is raise awareness and funds for the Quarterbacking Children’s Health Foundation. The foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club providing financial support to area children.
As the official charity partner of the Birmingham Bowl, the Quarterbacking Children’s Health Foundation has received more than $400,000 since 2006. A portion of ticket sales is donated each year to the foundation as part of the festivities.
A storied history of service
The Crippled Children’s Clinic opened in 1929 to treat polio in youth from all over the state of Alabama. In 1939, the organization created the Monday Morning Quarterback Club which went on to host the first annual All-Star High School Football Game in 1943. Through community contributions, the Quarterback Club was able to open a six-story facility called the Crippled Children’s Clinic and Hospital in 1951.
Fortunately, the need for polio treatment waned over the years and the clinic closed in 1969. The building was sold to the University of Alabama Medical Center and money from the sale was placed in a fund to assist in medical expenses for area children. That is where the foundation comes into play.
Continuing to make a difference
Fifty years later, the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and Quarterbacking Children’s Health Foundation have contributed more than $31 million to charities like the Alabama Institute for Deaf & Blind, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and St. Vincent’s Foundation of Alabama.
ESPN Events and the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl also partner with the Extra Yards for Teachers Foundation to support local schools. In 2021, the City of Birmingham’s elementary and secondary Teachers of the Year were gifted $500 gift cards. An additional $250 were also awarded to the City of Birmingham School System.