Ben Abercrombie

2018 Charity Bowl Recipient


Ben Abercrombie grew up in Hoover, Alabama where he excelled in sports and academics at Hoover High School. Ben played on two state championship football teams and one state championship baseball team at Hoover High. He earned All-State honors as a Safety on Hoover’s football team his senior year and was recruited to play football at several Ivy League schools and the service academies.

Ben decided to play football at Harvard University and worked hard academically to gain admission to Harvard. Ben was very proud to be a member of the Harvard Crimson Football Team and worked his way into the playing rotation at Safety as a Freshman. His fellow teammates gave Ben the nickname “Badger-crombie” because even though he was one of the smallest players on the team he displayed relentless effort and did not back down from anyone in practice.

Ben was the only freshmen defensive player that traveled to Harvard’s first road game at Rhode Island on September 16, 2017.  In Ben’s first collegiate football game he suffered a very serious cervical spine injury while making a tackle in the 2nd quarter. He was rushed to Rhode Island hospital in Providence, Rhode Island where he had emergency surgery to repair a fracture and get pressure off his spinal cord.

After Ben was stabilized, he was moved to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for rehab of his spinal cord injuries. Ben was able to return home on January 8, 2018 but he remains on a ventilator to breathe and is not able to move his arms and legs. Ben is continuing to rehab aggressively at his home and at the UAB Spain Rehab Center in Birmingham.

Ben’s goal is to get off the ventilator, move his arms and walk again while also returning to college as soon as possible. Ben’s parents, Marty and Sherri, want to provide Ben every opportunity to recover through intensive and innovative therapy as well as providing Ben the latest technologies for paralysis victims to help him accomplish his academic and career goals.

Ben has remained positive and brave during this challenging journey. His amazing approach has inspired so many people during the last six months and we know that God has a special plan for this courageous young man.

Ben has fought hard during his path to recovery and we are honored to help him in his fight however we can.


We hope that you will support Ben Abercrombie as the recipient of the 2018 Sigma Nu Charity Bowl.
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