The Gridiron Club supports worthy causes and charities as carries on its tradition of honoring exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of sport.
Proceeds from the first-ever Gridiron Club Dinner, held in the darkest days of the Great Depression, assisted those in financial need. That event spawned a series of annual events that have raised funds for many charities and causes, which customarily are suggested by our award nominees and approved by the Board of Directors.
Organizations supported by the Gridiron Club in recent years include the Italian Home for Children, United Cerebral Palsy of the North Shore, the Massachusetts State Hospital School for Children, the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the Ron Burton Training Center, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tenacity Sports, Temple Sinai of Sharon, the Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Seven Hills Foundation, Kennedy-Donovan Center, South Norfolk Association for Retarded Citizens, the Inner City Scholarship Fund, and the Joslin Diabetes Centers of Boston and Syracuse.
The club’s award stewardship includes responsibility for several of the oldest nationally recognized and most tradition-rich honors in American sport, including the Bulger Lowe Award (1939), the Swede Nelson Award (1946), and the Walter Brown Award (1953).