Alabama coach Nick Saban and his wife Terry dedicated the 17th Habitat for Humanity home built by Nick’s Kids Foundation on Thursday.
At the dedication, Nick and Terry Saban presented the keys to Donna Smith and her family in celebration with many Nick’s Kids members, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and other members of the local community.
Following the April 27, 2011, tornados that devastated Tuscaloosa, the Sabans committed to building 13 homes to celebrate the 13 national championships Alabama football had won. As the Crimson Tide won four more national championships, the project grew to 17 for 17.
After a victory over Georgia on Jan. 8, a 17th house was built to honor Alabama’s 2018 national championship.
“This project is a true testament of the limitless possibilities when our volunteers and Nick’s Kids members commit to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Terry Saban, co-founder and CEO of Nick’s Kids Foundation.
The Alabama football players jumped in and got its hands dirty too as the 17th house went up. Over 30 Tide players participated in a Habitat for Humanity Work Day in early March and the coaches wives followed with a landscaping day to help finish the project in April.
Smith has two children, Andrew (19) and Megan (20). Andrew was born with spina bifida, a defect that did not allow his spine and spinal cord to form properly, which led to paralysis. House No. 17 will be fully handicap accessible, giving Andrew a new level of independence.