February 9, 2022 at 10:15am
Dane Lisser

Charles Quigless III to perform at annual charity fashion show hosted by NFL Players' Wives Association

Millikin University student and aspiring rapper, C-Quig, Charles Quigless III, has been invited to perform during Super Bowl weekend at the 21st annual charity fashion show hosted by Off the Field NFL Players' Wives Association, Fashion on a Spectrum, on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Quigless is a 20-year-old aspiring rapper and performer currently majoring in commercial music at Millikin.

Quigless was diagnosed with autism when he was two and a half years old. His EP, "Focus," is available on all music streaming platforms. He is currently a Flutie Fellow with The Doug Flutie Jr., Foundation for Autism (The Flutie Foundation), a leading non-profit in the Autism community.

Charles Quigless III

Charles Quigless III

"The Flutie Foundation is proud to support C-Quig's career and life aspirations through our Flutie Fellow initiative," says Nick Savarese, executive director of the Flutie Foundation. "We strive to amplify and elevate the voices of people with autism, and C-Quig does that through his music."

C-Quig is thrilled to perform in front of the fashion show crowd that includes Cookie and Magic Johnson, Holly Robinson Peete and more current NFL players, as well as all-time legends. The celebration will benefit the Holly Robinson Peete Foundation that supports people and families affected by autism.

"I'm ecstatic to have the opportunity to share my music with influential people on and off the field during the Super Bowl weekend," says Quigless. "I hope that my music will inspire others with autism, like me, to pursue their dreams and to know that anything is possible."

Quigless added, "The fact that I'm able to do something like this feels so surreal to me. I just can't wait to see how it all turns out and to inspire people while I do it."

The Flutie Foundation

Former NFL Quarterback, Doug Flutie, and his wife Laurie started the Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism in 1998 after their son, Dougie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Their personal experience of raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired them to help others on an equally long and challenging journey. Over its 20-year history, the Flutie Foundation has distributed over $15 million to schools and organizations who provide clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, job supports and more for people affected by autism. The Flutie Foundation also provides education technology tools, adaptive camp scholarships, safety equipment, and direct family support through its partnerships and special initiatives.