While coaching at Michigan State, Gazette Sportsman of the Year Nick Saban and wife Terry started the Nick's Kids Fund, which they have continued in Alabama, a vibrant example of their continuing concern for disadvantaged children.
Since the Sabans arrived in Tuscaloosa, more than $2.5 million has been distributed to more than 150 charities through the Nick's Kids Fund. The Sabans also built 14 homes with Project Team Up and Habitat for Humanity following the April 27, 2011, tornado that stuck Tuscaloosa.
In receiving the 2008 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, Saban was awarded a $50,000 gift at the A-Day Game. He designated the gift for Nick's Kids, as well as an additional $20,000 gift for the University of Alabama scholarship fund. In June of 2008, the Sabans announced a $1 million gift to benefit Alabama's first-generation scholarship program. The gift has a special meaning to the Sabans as both Nick and Terry were first-generation graduates.
The Sabans also have played a big role in tornado relief efforts in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas. Immediately following the devastating storm, Nick and Terry visited shelters, where they paid for and served meals to those in need. Through Nick's Kids, the Sabans have joined with Project Team Up in helping to rebuild homes lost in the tornado.