Commitment to Team Focus resonates with Saban since he lost his own father at the age of 22. Over 4,000 at-risk youth have been served by chapters in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. The Mobile faith-based outreach program established the initial chapter in 2001.
Champion of Life Awards were presented to former Alabama All-American (1962), College Football Hall of Fame member (1983) and Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor legend (1989), Lee Roy Jordan and former First District U.S. House of Representative Congressional member, Jo Bonner (R). Team Focus and the GoDaddy Bowl annually recognize individuals who have achieved professionally and contributed to the community.
Mayor of Mobile Sandy Stimpson (R) and Alabama U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R) were among the dignitaries to address the audience. The National Anthem was performed by violinist, Kelsey (Duren) Swanzy. Sisters Audrey and Anna Duren provided musical accompaniment and serenaded the crowd with the song “Good Good Father”.
Nick Saban met with media members prior to the banquet activities. Subjects broached included his status as no. 11 on the recently released Fortune’s top 50 world leaders list, Team Focus, changes with the Crimson Caravan, new assistant coaches, the 2016 Tide quarterback competition, Jacob Coker, recruiting and the passing of former Tide and NFL fullback Kevin Turner.