VESTAVIA HILLS, Alabama - What started as the 13 for 13 Home Building Project grew when Alabama claimed its 14th national championship in college football.
On Thursday at Old Overton Club, Alabama coach Nick Saban and his wife, Terry, presented a check for $75,000 from the Nick's Kids Fund to help Habitat for Humanity build a 14th house in Tuscaloosa since the April 27, 2011 tornado that destroyed much of the city.
"If we're able to do it, we'll do more," Saban said.
Much of Saban's outside income from television commercials, speaking engagements and other appearances is given to the Nick's Kids Fund.
"I think we gave $1.2 million last year for tornado relief," Saban said at the annual Nick's Kids golf fundraiser. "Half of that money was actually contributed by the people who are in this group today, who are our core group of Nick's Kids supporters. ...
"Our goal is to be able to give a half-a-million more dollars to kids' organizations all over Alabama and the Southeast. We've been able to meet that goal. It's really just to continue to help young people. And I don't think their need is going to go away. If it doesn't go away, our desire to help them is not going to go away. ... We are going to build a 14th house, which we are kicking off today in partners with Habitat. ... If we're able to do it, we'll do more."
Saban reminded people that his late father is the inspiration for the foundation.
"Everybody thinks this Nick's Kids is really about me, but it really is about my dad and his legacy," he said. "I'm trying to enhance his legacy for what he started back in West Virginia when he started Pop Warner football. My mother always said, 'If you're ever in a position where you can do anything to help young people, that's what your dad wanted to do, and I wish you would do it.'
"We're excited to be able to do as much as we've been able to do for kids and the community in the last few years, but it's because of the people that are here today and the support that they have given us."
Saban gave credit to Terry for handling the fund's day-to-day operations.
"If it wasn't for her, we wouldn't be able to do this," he said, "because I still have to coach the team."
Nick's Kids Foundation