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Alabama head coach Nick Saban and his wife Terry held their 13th annual Nick’s Kid’s giveaway luncheon in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Thursday.

During the lunch, it was announced that Nick and Terry would be distributing $560,000 to more than 130 non-profit organizations that help children and families in need. The foundation also presented a check worth $100,000 that will help build the Tuscaloosa PARA all-inclusive playground at Sokol Park. With the help of several generous donors, Nick’s Kids has donated nearly $8 million to charity since Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007.

“Well, I think you have to sort of pick a lane when you do this,” Saban said. “I know a lot of people pick one thing whether it’s Ronald Mcdonald House or pediatric cancer or whatever it might be. We’ve always looked at it like there’s so many people out there and so many organizations that try to help children and try to help young people that we’d like to try to benefit and support them all. And support all the people that work so hard to do that. I think there’s good and bad in both but we certainly enjoy doing what we can do for so many groups.”

The RISE Center is one of the causes that Nick’s Kids has donated money to. The center serves as an early childhood education facility for children with and without disabilities.

“The money that Nick’s Kids provides to RISE we use to ensure that our families with special needs do not have to pay tuition so essentially they are affording us that opportunity to say to families you don’t have to worry about this we got this covered,” Andi Gillen said.

Several Alabama players, including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and linebacker Dylan Moses, also attended the event and signed autographs for children.

Saban and the Crimson Tide will now get ready to begin fall camp Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. with Fan Day taking place at Bryan-Denny Stadium on Saturday.

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