Ms. Terry Saban assisted in the distribution of coats to the special needs children of Oak Hill School in Tuscaloosa. Nick's Kids Foundation and the Knights of Columbus from Holy Spirit Catholic Church partnered with Coats for Kids to provide 60 new coats for these children. Check out the link below:
On August 22nd, Coach Scott Cochran hosted the 2nd Annual Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah 5K in downtown Tuscaloosa. The Thomas Plott Foundation created the event in order to raise money to help fight cystic fibrosis. Nick’s Kids Foundation served as the title sponsor of the event alongside Expeditions. Big Al and the Alabama Cheerleaders cheered runners on throughout the event.
On August 20th, the Alabama Shakes performed at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater with the Drive-By Truckers. Nick’s Kids Foundation held a drawing for two VIP meet & greet passes and two concert tickets to the concert by entering in anyone who “liked” and “shared” the Nick’s Kids Foundation Facebook page last week. Ms. Terry drew Belinda Chartrand as the winner of these awesome tickets! Nick’s Kids also gave the Alabama Shakes a custom signed football jersey for their continued support to the foundation.
On August 5th, 2015 Nick’s Kids Foundation hosted the annual Nick’s Kids Foundation Giveaway Luncheon in the North Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium. Terry and Nick Saban distributed approximately $480,000 to 130 non-profit organizations who support children, teacher, family and student causes. Sponsors included Full Moon BBQ, Edgar’s Bakery in Tuscaloosa, Dippin’ Dots, and Pat’s Florist and Gourmet Baskets. Edgar’s set up a cookie decorating table for the children attending and the Alabama Football players signed hundreds of autographs to guests.
The Nick’s Kids Foundation and an endowed scholarship both benefit from charity golf event.
Atlanta (May 7, 2015) – The Nick’s Kids Foundation received a $32,500 gift in recognition of Team Alabama’s second-place finish at last week’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. The Alabama duo of Head Football Coach Nick Saban and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram earned a total of $65,000 in winnings, which the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will split between the Nick’s Kids Foundation and an endowed scholarship at the University of Alabama.
“Our mission to give back is a driving force in everything that we do,” said Gary Stokan, President & CEO of Peach Bowl, Inc. “We’re grateful for the participation of these coaches and celebrities, and are happy to have the opportunity to give something back to their universities and the causes that are so close to their hearts.”
The official charity of Nick Saban and his family, the Nick's Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children, family, teacher and student causes. Throughout the year, Nick and Terry Saban dedicate time to the Nick's Kids Foundation by executing several events that benefit local organizations, especially the Annual Fall Giveaway Luncheon. To date, Nick's Kids Foundation has distributed over $6 million to hundreds of non-profit charities.
Following its mission to support scholarship and charity at all levels, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge will pay out a total of $520,000 to its 13 participating teams this year, with the winnings being split between the charity of each team’s choice and an endowed scholarship at each university.
In addition to the $520,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $113,305 was generated for charitable organizations including the American Diabetes Association. Over the last nine years, the event has contributed a total of $5.3 million in scholarship and charity.
In 2014, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl recorded its eighth straight year of more than $1 million in giving. Since 2002, college football’s most charitable bowl game has distributed $17.6 million in charity and scholarship.
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The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge is the country’s premier head coach and celebrity charity golf event featuring NCAA head coaches and former athletes and celebrities from the same school competing against their rivals for $520,000 in charity and scholarship. In the past nine years, the Challenge has distributed a total of $5.3 million in scholarship and charity. The tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU in August and December.
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The Alberta School of Performing Arts was destroyed by the tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011.
The school was rebuilt, and reopened earlier this year. With the help of Alabama coach Nick Saban's nonprofit organization, Nick's Kids, the school will have a new, state-of-the-art playground.
Saban and his wife, Terry, were at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the playground Thursday.
"[The Sabans] have done so much for our community, both known and unknown, as it relates to our recovery," Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox said at the ceremony. "It would be easy of some people not to give of themselves. But the thing that I've admired most about the Sabans, beyond the national championships and the positive impact they've had on the gridiron, is what they've done for our community. And I know as a citizen of Tuscaloosa, that's what I will hold dear about their legacy in Tuscaloosa."
Nick's Kids and Alabama Forever partnered to build a playground valued at $70,000.
Nick and Terry Saban started Nick's Kids in 1998 while Nick was the coach at Michigan State with the intent of helping to support children, family, teacher and student causes.
Alabama Forever was created in response to the damage done on April 27, 2011 and has donated more than $300,000 to communities throughout Alabama.
"This looks like a great facility for young people," Nick Saban said. "We're glad to contribute a small part of that, which is the playground. And if it makes one child happy, then that makes us very, very happy that we were able to make some contribution to do this. But I really want to emphasize that there's a lot of people who have contributed to helping Nick's Kids be able to do some of the things that we have in the community.
"This is very important to us to give back to the community. I hope everyone teams up and continues to help support the community in a way that we can continue to make progress in our recovery.”
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For many of the friends and colleagues of former Rise School Executive Director Martha Cook, it's hard to imagine the preschool that caters to students with disabilities and their normally-developing peers without its longtime leader whose passion for the work was obvious.
Cook retired Dec. 1 from the school, which is located on the campus of the University of Alabama.
On Friday, friends Nick and Terry Saban honored Cook for her work at Rise with a lifetime achievement award from their nonprofit Nick's Kids Foundation. The award was part of a luncheon by the foundation to honor Tuscaloosa-area teachers for their service in and out of the classroom.
The lifetime achievement award was the first awarded in the three-year history of the luncheon.
"The Sabans are really close to Martha and wanted to do something special for her," said Katie Mellown of Nick's Kids Foundation.
The Sabans presented Cook with an award resembling the crystal football trophy from the BCS National Championship era of college football.
"That's what Martha deserves, a national championship," Terry Saban said.
It's an award to recognize Cook's service at Rise and the difference it has made in the lives of thousands of families.
"I love Nick and Terry, they are wonderful friends," Cook said. "It meant a lot to me."
It also took some persuasion, Terry Saban said, to get her humble friend to agree to come to the luncheon for the award.
True to her reputation when Cook took the stage, her comments redirected the conversation away from her legacy to something she sees as more important.
"It's all about the children," she said.
On a Saturday in late November as Tuscaloosa buzzed with the prospect of an Iron Bowl victory to clinch a Southeastern Conference championship berth for Nick Saban's 2014 squad, the Rise community had to bury one of its students, the child of a young couple who succumbed to medical problems, Cook recalled in a quavering voice.
It's easy to get distracted by the minutiae of life and lose sight, Cook said. Sometimes, you have to stop yourself and refocus. Sometimes, you get heartbreaking reminders.
"The children are what is important," she reiterated.
Focusing on the children is what took Rise from a fledging school of one teacher, an assistant and six students in an old house to the Stallings Center on the UA campus, according to Cook.
For 40 years, it was less of a job and more of a calling.
"It's just good, like not going to a job, just part of my life and what I do," Cook said.
Cook estimated, since starting in October 1974, she has seen thousands of children come through the school and spent millions off hours with them.
"If you know Martha Cook, you often don't see her without a baby in her hands," Terry Saban said.
Though others call her the heart and soul of Rise, Cook said the school's greatness comes from the team of teachers and others who work together to accomplish its mission.
Jones has served as the interim director since Cook stepped down on Dec. 1. The university is putting together a search committee to find a permanent replacement.
Victoria Peeples, an assistant dean in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, will chair the search committee that will begin the work to find a permanent replacement in January, according to UA spokesperson Chris Bryant.
"It is going be extremely hard to replace Martha Cook," Jones said.
By Ed Enoch
Staff Writer | The Tuscaloosa News
Nick’s Kids Foundation honored 23 local teachers Friday during its third annual Teacher Excellence Awards Luncheon.
The honorees included 22 Tuscaloosa-area teachers, who received excellence awards, and Martha Cook, the former director of the Rise School at the University of Alabama, who received a lifetime achievement award.
The event is designed to honor teachers and recognize their contribution to the community.
“It’s the teachers who go above and beyond, inside and outside of the classroom,” said Katie Mellown with the Nick’s Kids Foundation.
The foundation has recognized about 75 teachers in the three years it has sponsored the luncheon, Terry Saban said.
Terry Saban, a former teacher and the wife of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, said the job is a tough task that often is underappreciated.
“I appreciate what you do,” Terry Saban said to the gathering. “This place should be crowded with our community thanking your for what you do.”
Like coaching, teaching is a profession driven by passion for a job that impacts the lives of others, Nick Saban said.
“It’s really a calling,” he said.
Terry Saban presented the teachers with plaques. The teachers also received $500 in gift cards. The award winners will receive five cards to different stores, Mellown said.
The teachers offered quick comments as they accepted their plaques, taking a moment to thank colleagues and the Sabans while reflecting on their jobs,
“I teach because there is a need, and everything I put into my students, they return tenfold,” said Valerie Grayson of Central Elementary School.
The foundation partnered with Edgar’s Bakery, Jim ’N Nick’s, Pat’s Florist and Lacefield Designs for the luncheon at the Tuscaloosa River Market.
The Rise School bell choir performed at the event.
Friday’s luncheon was the first time the Saban family’s nonprofit charity has given a lifetime achievement award, Mellown said.
“The Sabans are really close to Martha and wanted to do something special for her,” Mellown said.
Cook worked at Rise from 1974 until her retirement on Dec. 1. Terry Saban presented Cook with the lifetime achievement award, which was patterned on the BCS National Championship crystal ball trophy.
“It’s all about the children,” Cook said.
The excellence award winners for 2014 included Carman Tidwell of Alberta Elementary School, Rebecca Jenkins of American Christian Academy, Stacy Stone of Arcadia Elementary School, Valerie Grayson of Central Elementary School, Sherry Drake of Eastwood Middle School, Rhoda H. Richardson of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Shayla Pettway of University Place Elementary School, Rene Bailey of Northington Elementary School, Tiffany Craig of Oakdale Elementary School, Wendy Black of the Rise School, Lana Woods of Rock Quarry Elementary School, Jack Hazelrig of Rock Quarry Middle School, Elizabeth Voltz of Skyland Elementary School, Chamayra Kennard of Southview Middle School, Lynn Blankley of Southview Elementary School, Suzy Gatewood of Tuscaloosa Academy, Elizabeth Ellege of Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools Elementary, Laura Prior of Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools Middle, Griffin Parrish of University Place Middle School, Frances Young Fritz of Verner Elementary School, Tera Wilder of Westlawn Middle School and Shalandra Eppes of Woodland Forrest Elementary School.
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