COACH SABAN HOSTS ANNUAL NICK’S KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT
Reporting by WVUA23’s Gary Harris.
For the 13th straight year, Nick and Terry Saban hosted the Nick’s Kids Golf Tournament at Old Overton Club in Birmingham on Thursday. The tournament’s goal is to raise funds for Nick’s Kids to distribute throughout the next year for different projects in the Alabama community.
“You know, we’re really excited about being here again for I guess this is the 13th year,” Saban said. “I think everybody really understands what Nick’s Kids is all about. My dad’s legacy of trying to give back to young people, help them have a better opportunity to be successful in life and also to honor the people who help the young people who go unnoticed sometimes. We’ve had a lot of great supporters throughout the years. We certainly appreciate their support and what they’ve done to help us be able to help others.”
Saban was back swinging a golf club at the event, although he still hasn’t been cleared to hit long irons, a driver or 3-wood while he’s still recovering from hip surgery. He did play the par 3 17th hole with each group that came through and despite some rain, everyone seemed to have a good time. Coach also brought a group of Alabama players with him, including Anfernee Jennings, Henry Ruggs III, Xavier McKinney and DeVonta Smith, who all mingled with the golfers and even teed it up themselves. Their swings proved that they chose the right sport.
Saban is asked every offseason if he’s contemplating retirement, but he routinely dismisses the question, sticking to two main points: he enjoys his work and being part of a team and his current contract with Alabama runs through 2025. Saban is preparing for his 13th year at the helm for Alabama and is chasing his sixth national title with the Crimson Tide. He is closing in on 47 years as a coach dating back to his first job with Kent State in 1973.