Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban and his wife, Terry, through Nick’s Kids Foundation, will build a 16th home in Tuscaloosa as a part of the 16 for 16 Project with Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa.
Following the April 27, 2011, tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, the Sabans committed to building 13 homes to celebrate the 13 National Championships Alabama football had won. As Alabama won two more National Championships in 2011 and 2012, the project grew to 15 for 15.
After a victory over Clemson on January 11, a 16th house will be built to honor Alabama football’s 2015 National Championship. Nick’s Kids’ major contributors of the project, are Mike Brunner, Farid Rafiee, and David and Lynn Gwin who stepped up immediately after the victory to help build House No. 16.
“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 groundbreaking on the house will begin immediately. The new homeowners will be the Anthony Taylor family. Anthony Taylor works nights as a bus driver at The University, has a newspaper route, and is studying at Stillman College to become a minister. His family includes wife Angel, and children Zion (12) and Zaria (11).
Anthony Taylor said, “I know if you stay true God, his blessings will continue to come. Thank you to Coach Saban, Ms. Terry, their family, Nick's Kids, and to Habitat for Humanity. Roll Tide!"
To date the project has started taking volunteers to work on the 16th House, including Hoar Program Management, Alabama Athletics Department staff, and Creative Artists Agency. Once the inside of the home is complete, the Alabama football coaches’ wives will landscape the exterior. To volunteer please contact: Cassie Davis at (205) 349-4629 or Cassie@habitattuscaloosa.org
“With so many in need in our community, it is exciting that 16 families, displaced by the devastating tornado, now have a home,” said Tuscaloosa Habitat for Humanity’s executive director, Ellen Potts.
“We are so proud of our football team and grateful to them for allowing us to honor their efforts with this labor of love on House Sweet 16!” said Mrs. Saban.