Press Release

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Twelve-year-old Children’s Harbor client Christopher Robinson will suit up as the “13th Man” with the Birmingham Squadron for their home games during the 2023-2024 season. As part of the program, Christopher received his own jersey, warm-up gear, sneakers and his own locker, as well as tickets for his family for all home games.  

“Our 13th man program is in its second season and has been very meaningful to our players and coaches,” said Squadron general manager Leslie Claybrook. “We love having Chris as our 13th man at every game, where he has a special seat and a locker at Legacy Arena. The excitement and energy Chris brings as a full member of our team is truly infectious. This community outreach truly reflects that we are more than just 24 home games.” 

Christopher was born prematurely and has endured medical challenges throughout his life. He is a frequent visitor at the Children’s Harbor Family Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Harbor Building at Children’s of Alabama, as well as a summer camp attendee at the Children’s Harbor Lake Martin campus. Due to recent medical accomplishments, Christopher has finally been granted clearance to participate in sports for the first time in his life. Spectators can catch a glimpse of Christopher at home games this season, suited up and cheering on his Birmingham Squadron team. 

The Birmingham Squadron is the NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans, established in 2019. The team home games are played at Legacy Arena, located in the hub of the Birmingham arts and entertainment district. 

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