VESTAVIA HILLS | The Nick's Kids Fund delivered a No. 14 of its own Thursday at the Old Overton golf course.
The charity organization of University of Alabama coach Nick and Terry Saban, Nick's Kids, held its annual golf tourney, where funding was announced for a new home construction in Alberta City for a tornado victim. Partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, Nick's Kids originally funded 13 new homes to match the Crimson Tide's number of football national championships, but added a 14th home to the goal after UA won its 14th national title in January. Nick's Kids has donated $720,650 to the 14 for 14 Project.
"I think we gave 1.2 million dollars last year to tornado relief," Saban said. "Half of that money was actually contributed by the people who are in this group here today, who are sort of our core group of Nick's Kids supporters, as well as our efforts and many other people."
Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa executive director Bob Johnson indicated 10 of 14 homes are complete with final construction stages under way on two more, and early construction under way on the last two.
"We will dedicate to move the family in in August," Johnson said. "I know the family, and it's a family that lived right in the middle of Alberta City. They lost everything in the tornado. They're a hard-working family. It will be a new start for them. But it's not just this family. There are 13 other families that have had their lives changed by the partnership the Sabans have had with Habitat."
Saban said Nick's Kids was founded in honor of his father and his support of local children, adding that wife Terry handles much of the Nick's Kids workload.
"My mother always said if you're ever in position to do anything to help young people, that's what your dad wanted to do," Saban said.
The UA football facility has begun a series of face-lifts, including a reconfiguration of the outdoor practice fields and a new weightroom.
"We had a field we never really ever used," Saban said. "We're going to build a new weight room, and it's going to be between the Mal Moore facility and the indoor facility. ... Then we're going to remodel the downstairs in phases. That's kind of the facility plan we have that we're working toward over the next couple of years."
"I'm glad it's a three-game series and not a seven-game series, because those last two seventh innings, I think I was more nervous than I am in our games. ... The cardiac kids or something." - Saban on the UA softball team's national championship series win over Oklahoma.
The UA football team is in the midst of an eight-week summer conditioning program that is a routine part of the team calendar. "We're not allowed as coaches to work with the players right now. The strength and conditioning coaches work with them on conditioning, trying to get them prepared for the season. So far that's gone very well," Saban said. ... Saban said all but one incoming freshman has enrolled in UA summer school, noting he hopes the one missing will arrive "shortly."
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."
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