The event returned to Bryant-Denny for the first time since 2019. Last year, the city of Tuscaloosa and Nick’s Kids Foundation hosted a parade and ceremony celebrating the renaming of 28th Avenue to “Nick’s Kids Avenue.”
“This is always one of my favorite days of the year,” said Alabama football coach Nick Saban. “To have the opportunity to see that Nick’s Kids is actually creating some opportunities for some kids, maybe to have a little better quality of life, to thank all the people who actually help the kids have a better quality of life, and to actually thank Miss Terry and her volunteers for doing all they do to help create opportunities.”
Since the Sabans arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, the foundation has given nearly $11 million to deserving charities and organizations throughout the state and surrounding areas.
This year, Nick’s Kids Foundation projects include Home Building Project No. 18.5 with Habitat for Humanity to honor the 2021 SEC Championship team, a $1 million gift to the Saban Center from Nick’s Kids, the PARA of Tuscaloosa County all-inclusive playground and the Teachers Excellence Awards Luncheon.
In addition to their work with the Nick’s Kids Foundation, the Sabans have been generous with their donations to the University of Alabama’s scholarship fund. In June 2008, the Sabans made a $1 million pledge to the university for first-generation scholarships.
Joining the Sabans at Wednesday’s luncheon were student-athletes Will Anderson Jr., Brian Branch, Jermaine Burton, Justin Eboigbe, Emil Ekiyor Jr., DeMarcco Hellams, Will Reichard, Henry To’oTo’o, Dallas Turner and Byron Young.
The Nick’s Kids Foundation is the official charity of Nick and Terry Saban. The nonprofit Nick’s Kids Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and resources for deserving organizations throughout Alabama and the Southeast. As their official charity, the Sabans invest time and energy hosting luncheons, golf tournaments, scrimmages and other events to benefit the cause. The proceeds are given in support of children, family, teacher and student causes.
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(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)