Saban discusses importance of community service

Habitat

Not everybody can say Alabama head football coach Nick Saban had a hand in building their home, but now 18 families in Tuscaloosa have that distinction.

Earlier this week, Saban and members of the latest National Championship-winning team were on-hand to discuss 18 for 18, a Nick’s Kids Foundation project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa.

The project dates back to 2011, after the April 27, 2011, tornado devastated Tuscaloosa. For every National Championship Alabama wins, Nick’s Kids funds another Habitat house.

Saban said he’s honored he can help give back to the community that’s given so much to him and his players.

“What we want the players to benefit from is how much good we can do, giving back to the community, how can we support the people who support us,” Saban said. “I think this is always a good lesson too. It’s part of leadership. How do you serve other people? We have quite a few guys who do a really good job in the community doing those type of things and it makes me very proud that they do that.”

The home Saban and the players were working on Tuesday is their 18th National Championship house, and it’s the first of 40 Operation Transformation Habitat homes being built in West Tuscaloosa. Operation Transformation will also train students from Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, offering them a chance at on-the-job learning.

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