Greater Birmingham AMBUCS is a non-profit organization that in the name of Christ, reaches out to children and others with disabilities, to create mobility and independence through AmTryke therapeutic tricycles and wheelchair ramps.


William L. White

Founded in 1922 by WILLIAM L. WHITE He envisioned a service organization for young business and professional men. White used $1,000 from the sale of turpentine cups to establish the first American Business Club in Birmingham, Alabama on May 18, 1922. AMBUCS™ like many other organizations struggled to continue operation during the economic woes of the Great Depression.

Sue Haywood

SUE HAYWOOD PT, affectionately known as Mama Amtryke, designed the AmTryke® therapeutic tricycle in 1989 and has been active in continuing its development and use ever since.

AMBUCS™ has transcended into a non-profit organization whose mission is to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities.

Today, AMBUCS™ provides AmTrykes® (adaptive tricycles) and builds wheelchair ramps for individuals with physical disabilities.

Dave Upton

These goals combined with the spirit of service displayed by its members helped spark the interest of local a businessman DAVE UPTON.

Graduate of Dora High School & Birmingham Southern College (1953)

Upton is a long time Vestavia Hills resident. His grandson was born with Down Syndrome.

Dave’s Business Experience Includes:

  • Hauling cotton and coal;
  • driving a school bus;
  • traveling salesman for a nut, bolt, and screw company
  • Since 1958, he started an assortment of companies.
  • Reestablished AMBUCS™ in Birmingham In October 2007 with $20,000 in contributions
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